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On Guard - 6/7/17, Issue #5: Grenfell Tower disaster shows the class divide OnGuard Fri, 07/07/2017 - 09:38
Calling ASLEF Drivers! Don’t cross the picket lines! OnGuard Fri, 04/28/2017 - 17:13

With some Drivers at Northern supporting the Guards strike by refusing to cross picket lines, we know many others will be thinking about doing the same.

As we have covered in previous issues of On Guard:
YES: you can refuse to cross the picket line
NO: you can't be sacked for doing so
YES: the company is allowed to discipline you but as yet they have not done so and are highly unlikely to put themselves into dispute with ASLEF.

The fight against DOO goes on. RMT must spread the fight OnGuard Fri, 04/28/2017 - 17:00

Once again On Guard congratulates all RMT members taking strike action today at Northern, as well as on Southern Rail. The resolve to fight for safety on the railways goes on.

On Guard - 28/04/17: Strike Special #3 OnGuard Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:51

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Build strike committees! Spread the action!

Submitted by OnGuard on Sun, 04/09/2017 - 10:30

On Guard welcomes the news that ASLEF members on Southern have once again voted to reject a sell-out deal recommended by their leadership. Although the margin was narrower, it is worth noting that this is mainly due to higher turnout and that the number of 'No' votes only diminished by 2. Members at Southern appear to be resolute and not prepared to give in to their leaders' strategy of doing the employer's dirty work for them by demoralising and browbeating their own members into accepting a bad deal.

Northern Rail Strike Solid: now build for 8th April OnGuard Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:12

Northern rail RMT held a successful strike on the 13th March with very little scabbing and, in some depots, none at all. Trains had to go out with managers on them to operate the doors.

Merseyrail Drivers Show the Way!

Submitted by OnGuard on Mon, 03/27/2017 - 21:38

On 13th March, all traincrew at Merseyrail stuck together. Despite a circular from ASLEF advising members to work normally (which the union does to protect its legal position rather than to encourage its members to cross picket lines), all Merseyrail Drivers refused to cross the picket lines and the only trains to run anywhere on that franchise that day were driven by Traction Inspectors.