The ballot of Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers union (RMT) members on London Underground for strikes to stop ticket office closures and job cuts returned a 77% majority, on a turnout of 40%.
Strikes and lock-outs
The “Fast Food Rights” campaign, launched at a meeting on 8 January and involving the Bakers, Food, and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), plans a day of direct action on Saturday 15 February.
Tube workers will strike on 4-6 and 11-13 February in a fight to stop ticket office closures and job losses.
On Wednesday 22 January, students in London have organised a “March on Senate House” to put pressure on the management of the University of London to grant the demands of the “3 Cosas” strikers (outsourced workers), and to support the pay claim of higher education workers in their national dispute.
The FBU’s pensions campaign cranked up a notch over the holiday period, with three further periods of strike action as well as the first action short of a strike.
In December, South Korea was rocked by a massive strike of rail workers that lasted for 22 days.
Cleaning workers at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) in London are balloting for strikes to win an improved pay offer and better sick pay after they rejected a deal from their employer, ISS, which they called “insulting”.
The RMT is planning an extensive political campaign to accompany its industrial battle to stop job cuts and ticket office closures on London Underground.
The threat of strikes by teachers in seven secondary schools in Lewisham, south London, has forced school managers to withdraw an unfair pay policy.
Higher Education workers in three unions struck on Tuesday 3 December against a 1% pay deal. University and College Union members in Further Education also struck to win better pay.