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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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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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Struggles on London Underground

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Ollie Moore

Tube cleaners who are refusing to use “biometric fingerprinting” machines to book on for shifts remain locked out by their employer, ISS, with the lock out now stretching into its third week.

ISS want the machines, which take unique DNA-based data from everyone who uses them, to replace the existing method of booking on using telephones, and have already admitted that the data collected would be shared with the UK Border Agency and the Home Office. One cleaner told Solidarity: “This is a racist attack on a predominantly immigrant workforce.”

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RMT election: vote John Leach!

The individual members’ ballot in the election for the new General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers’ union (RMT) begins on Monday 21 July, after a period of branch nominations.

RMT members face serious industrial and political challenges. Significant staffing cuts are threatened in the railway industry, the union’s largest industrial sector, as bosses implement the recommendations of the McNulty Report, commissioned by Labour and completed by the Tories.

Workers’ Liberty members active in RMT are backing John Leach, the current London Transport Regional Organiser, former RMT President and Executive Member, and a London Underground worker.

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Brian Munro, 1968-2014

Brian Munro, a London Underground worker, RMT Executive member, and former member of Workers’ Liberty and its predecessor group Socialist Organiser, died on Saturday 28 June after a long battle with ocular melanoma, an extremely rare form of eye cancer.

Brian fought the disease, and significantly outlived his initial prognosis. He died peacefully surrounded by his family in an East London hospice.

Brian Munro, a London Underground worker, RMT Executive member, and former member of Workers’ Liberty and its predecessor group Socialist Organiser, died on Saturday 28 June after a long battle with ocular melanoma, an extremely rare form of eye cancer.

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Industrial news in brief

Power control workers on London Underground began an eight-day strike on Tuesday 1 July.

Workers are resisting attacks on terms and conditions, and want conditions for formerly-outsourced workers to be levelled-up. Members of the RMT, TSSA, and Unite unions are participating in the strike.

London Underground power control and cleaning workers take action; RMT AGM; Ritzy workers call for Picturehouse boycott.

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John Leach for RMT GS: campaign fundraiser/social

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17 July, 2014 - 18:00 to 21:00

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The Star of Kings (upstairs room), 126 York Way, London N1 0AX (near King's Cross station)

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Come and have a drink or two with fellow John Leach supporters - shoot the breeze, discuss the campaign, and enjoy your Thursday evening (which is nearly the weekend, right?).

The campaign needs funds to cover printing and other costs, so we'll be shaking collecting tins. One or two of John's artistically-minded supporters might event do a brief turn... you have been warned!

More details of the event will appear in due course. For now, save the date!

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    Vote for John Leach!

    Workers’ Liberty members in the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT) are backing John Leach in the election for General Secretary.

    John is standing on a platform of democracy and equality, committing to put women, black, LGBT, and disabled members’ struggles at the heart of the union, and emphasising the importance of member leadership.

    The other candidates are Mick Cash, Steve Hedley, Alex Gordon and Alan Pottage. Voting will be from 21 July to 22 September.

    • Read more about John’s campaign here

    Workers’ Liberty members in the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union are backing John Leach in the election for General Secretary.

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