Across London Transport, we’re in dispute with several companies. Co-ordinated action, done in the right way, could increase our chance of victory.
On ISS and Initial, cleaners are in dispute over pay, conditions and Olympic payments.
LU Service Control are balloting for strike action over long-standing issues (see separate article).
Telent/MJ Quinns workers, who maintain the fire equipment on stations,
have balloted for strike action over inadequate pay, bullying by
management and being denied annual leave over the Olympics.
Travel Information Centre workers are in dispute because TfL have ordered no annual leave over the Olympics.
All this while Tubelines workers go on strike for passes and pensions.
The bosses of LU, TfL, and separate, privatised companies co-ordinate to grind down our pay and conditions. We should co-ordinate for our interests.
Co-ordinated action doesn’t necessarily mean we all strike on the same day. Each group of workers should pursue the most effective strategy for us, and certainly not wait to strike with another group of workers if it harms our dispute. Striking on different days could even maximise our impact. Most importantly, we should talk to each other, decide what action would help other disputes as well as our own. We should take democratic decisions to set the best possible strategy.