Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/942/25152

From The Socialist newspaper, 29 March 2017

South Yorkshire Freedom Riders celebrate three years of fighting

Freedom riders protest in Barnsley 20 March photo Phil King

Freedom riders protest in Barnsley 20 March photo Phil King   (Click to enlarge)

Phil King, Sheffield South Socialist Party

South Yorkshire Freedom Riders celebrated our three-year anniversary on 27 March. We came together to fight against cuts to free train travel in South Yorkshire for pensioners and disabled people. Since then, by demonstrating and organising mass 'freedom rides' on trains and refusing to pay, we have won free travel for the disabled and half fare for pensioners!

There was a great turnout at the rally at Barnsley interchange, with 70 people attending. 40 boarded the train to come through to Sheffield and at the rally outside Midland station around 80 people turned up to hear some passionate speakers.

We celebrated but also looked ahead - South Yorkshire passenger transport has the money to give free train travel back to pensioners. They underspent by 2 million last year and are predicted to underspend by 1.2 million this year. That's why we'll keep on fighting - for free travel for pensioners and disabled people in South Yorkshire and beyond!

You can sign our petition for free local transport for pensioners and disabled people everywhere in the UK here.


Sharron Milsom reports:

It was a great day with an excellent turnout. Over 100 took part. Pensioner and disabled members of the Freedom Riders campaign, plus other trade unionists and local people.

After a rally with trade unionists outside Barnsley interchange we made our presence felt at the railway station. The air filled with chants of "What do we want? Free train travel. When do we want it? Now!" and verses of "We shall not, we shall not be stopped... We are riding on the freedom train. We shall not be stopped!"

Our free train travel was taken away to save only 329,000, and our bus travel limited for only 300,000. Each costed little more than 1 per pass holder per year. Much of this South Yorkshire Passenger Transport has finished up paying anyway when we won our victory nearly three years ago.

Each year since then the budget for concessionary travel has been underspent - by 500,000 in 2015, then 2 million last year, and a predicted 1.2 million this year. This is enough to restore all the free train and bus travel pensioners used to enjoy for several years!

Instead the councillors are simply adding this money to reserves, more than offsetting the Tories' grant cuts, as they are unwilling to set a no-cuts budget.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 29 March 2017:


What we think

Unite against terror, racism and war


Socialist Party news and analysis

NHS: protest, strike, occupy to win!

No to racist scapegoating: oppose the far right

Top banks post 67% of profits in tax havens - nationalise the banks!

Prescription and dental charges to rise again - fight for a free NHS!

Homelessness agencies accused of being complicit in coercive deportations

Leeds Labour councillors resign over cuts

Times makes call for Tory entryism

Martin McGuinness: from IRA leader to Stormont minister


Russian revolution 1917-2017

April 1917: how the Bolsheviks reorientated


Workplace news and analysis

Doncaster: snap strike by posties pushes bully bosses back

Over a thousand march with Durham TAs against 23% pay cut

Join the 31 March PCS pay protest

Bridgend Ford overtime stoppage in sourcing dispute

Forest Hill school in Lewisham fights back

Dispute against backdoor privatisation of mental health services

Ballot papers go out in Unite elections

Fujitsu strikes: Manchester and Warrington

Deliveroo victory in Leeds

TUSC backs RMT struggle against Merseyrail


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

Universal Credit is making the housing crisis worse

Save Cardiff's live music venues

Women need secure jobs and equal pay, not patronising 'returnships'

Why I Joined: "I joined Socialist Party to campaign to save the NHS"

The Socialist Inbox


International socialist news and analysis

South Africa: Unity against poverty, crime and xenophobia

Belarus: movement developing against regime


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Jobstown Not Guilty: defend the right to protest

Angry march against Bradford council-approved incinerator

GMB union should support anti-fracking campaigners in Fylde

"Save our Nurseries", Tower Hamlets campaigners tell the council

South Yorkshire Freedom Riders celebrate three years of fighting

Memorial meeting remembers Bernard Roome

Save Plymouth's libraries!

May Day greetings in the Socialist


 

Home   |   The Socialist 29 March 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

South Yorkshire:

triangleOrgreave campaigners' Halloween 'Death of Justice' march

triangle'Freedom riders' lobby against violent policing

triangle'Anti-union law' charges against trees protesters dropped

triangleAnti-trade union laws used against 'Trees Action' protesters

triangleMake some noise for Orgreave!

Yorkshire:

triangleAnger over plan to build housing on Yorkshire flood plain

triangle'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

triangleDemonstrators see off far-right in Keighley

Pensioners:

trianglePowerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

triangleBT attack on pension benefits

Travel:

triangleTravel chaos for Ryanair customers as airline cancels thousands of flights

triangleLiveaboard boaters being forced off the waterways

Disabled:

triangleChatsworth ward campaign replies to Tory MP's intervention

Transport:

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

Sheffield:

triangleSheffield Eastern Ave Job Centre strike ends

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

16/11/17

Sheffield

Sheffield Eastern Ave Job Centre strike ends

16/11/17

Virgin

Virgin train workers vote for strike action over pay

15/11/17

Students

March for free education! We demand a future!

15/11/17

Plymouth

Plymouth PCS members fight relocation threat

15/11/17

Virgin

Virgin train workers ballot for strike action

15/11/17

Carlisle

Carlisle socialists campaign against Universal Credit

15/11/17

Haringey

Corbyn must challenge pro-gentrification council leader or others will

15/11/17

Socialist Party

Why I joined the Socialist Party: "I started to question whether there was a better way"

13/11/17

Manchester

Strike wave continues with 49 walkout days by housing workers

10/11/17

RMT

Strikers picket the South Western Railway network

10/11/17

Merseyside

Huge support for strikes of bus drivers and train guards

10/11/17

Socialist Party

Highest ever ticket sales for Socialism event

9/11/17

Pay

Serco - not fit for purpose

9/11/17

Rail

Fight to keep guards on trains continues despite setback Aslef deal

8/11/17

Birmingham

Brum meeting celebrates centenary of 1917

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle15 Nov March for free education! We demand a future!

triangle15 Nov Tories on the brink - kick them out!

Socialism 2017

triangle14 Nov Socialism 2017: Organising to fight back

triangle13 Nov Strike wave continues with 49 walkout days by housing workers

triangle10 Nov US: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

triangle10 Nov Strikers picket the South Western Railway network

triangle10 Nov Europe in crisis, revolutionary winds in Catalonia

More ...

triangle20 Nov Birmingham Central Socialist Party: How can socialists support upcoming strikes?

triangle21 Nov Cardiff Socialist Students: Socialism and the struggle for LGBT rights

triangle21 Nov Birmingham South East Socialist Party: NHS in Meltdown - What can be done?

triangle21 Nov Sheffield North Socialist Party: The causes of capitalist crisis

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2