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Fantasy Union of Rail and Transport Workers

What kind of union do we need? There are strengths and weaknesses in our current union set-up. Union officials will often have you believe that things can only be done the way they are done, because ... well, because they have always been done that way.

We do not agree. We have several criticisms of the existing rail unions, so it is only fair that we set out in more positive terms what our ideal union might look like. Let's call it the Fantasy Union of Rail and Transport Workers (FURT).

What kind of union do we need? There are strengths and weaknesses in our current union set-up. Union officials will often have you believe that things can only be done the way they are done, because ... well, because they have always been done that way. We do not agree. We have several criticisms of the existing rail unions, so it is only fair that we set out in more positive terms what our ideal union might look like. Let's call it the Fantasy Union of Rail and Transport Workers (FURT).

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The Hands Off London Transport coalition plans a day of action for 16 September, involving leafleting, petitioning, and demonstrations at Tube stations.

The action will coincide with the introduction of contactless payment technology on the Tube which unions say will lead to problems for both passengers and staff.

The HOLT coalition want to raise the profile of cuts as a political issue, mobilise community direct action against them, and pressure GLAs and London MPs to take a stand on the issue.

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Hands Off London Transport Day of Action

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16 September, 2014 - 17:30

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King's Cross St. Pancras and other Tube stations across London

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From the Hands Off London Transport website:

Student activists, disability rights campaigners, trade unionists, and public transport advocates are planning another Day of Action on Tuesday 16 September, to raise awareness of the fight against staffing cuts and ticket office closures on London Underground. Will you join them?

HOLT supporters are planning leafleting and petitioning at Tube stations including King's Cross St. Pancras from 5.30pm. For more information, see the Facebook event here.

Could you set up a leafleting or petitioning session at your local station? Get in touch with HOLT here.

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Unison members in Doncaster are now on their 57th day of strike action as part of action against Care UK who cut wages by up to 35%.

They will be on strike until 14 September, and have pickets every day at 7am outside Care UK’s Doncaster office, as well as trips to picket offices in other cities and to speak at meetings.

The strikers are also currently having weekly members’ meetings to discuss the dispute.

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Doncaster care workers strike; Ritzy workers reject offer; Tube jobs fight; Tube cleaners ballot; Living Wage dayschool.

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Tube canteen staff strike

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By Ollie Moore

London Underground catering staff struck on 4 August, demanding reinstatement for victimised union rep Petrit Mihaj.

Petrit, who has been central to Tube union RMT’s organisation and recognition campaign amongst Sodexho canteen staff, has been vindicated by an Employment Tribunal ruling that his sacking was unfair and based on his trade union activities. Despite this, Sodexho has refused to reinstate him.

Strike to reinstate victimised union rep

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