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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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A round up of news from WL41

A round up of news from WL41

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Letter from Hong Kong: Nothing to celerate (Chen Ying)
Showdown on private railways
Blairs plan to gut party democracy runs into trouble
The adventures of Tom Sawyer
A victory for socialism? (Martin Thomas)

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Industrial news in brief

Staff at Your Choice Barnet (YCB), who work with a variety of vulnerable adults, were on strike for two days last week.

The strike was in addition to two days the previous week, where they held a joint rally with visiting Doncaster Care UK workers.

The dispute is over a 9.5% pay cut being imposed by YCB management — an arms length organisation devolved from the council. As well as defending their pay, strikers are also demanding to be taken back in house.

The strike is very well supported amongst staff, and picket lines are lively and well attended.

Barnet care workers strike; Brighton refuse dispute; Tube cleaners vote to strike; Tube victimisation; Tube cuts fight.

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Cash wins RMT election

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Ollie Moore

Mick Cash has won the election for General Secretary of the rail union RMT by a large margin, with nearly 9,000 votes to the 4,000 of his nearest rival, Alan Pottage.

John Leach, supported by Workers’ Liberty, came fourth, with 1,428 votes. Steve Hedley won 1,885 votes, and Alex Gordon won 1,176.

The election turnout was low, around 20%.

Mick Cash has won the election for General Secretary of the rail union RMT by a large margin, with nearly 9,000 votes to the 4,000 of his nearest rival, Alan Pottage.

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Are the police bugging you? (Helen Rate)
Towards a Scottish Assembly (Stan Crooke)
From boom to gloom (Cheung Siu Ming)
A workers' party in Korea?
A new Eastern Europe: Smiles for the IMF, scowls for the workers (Martin Thomas)
Hillingdon Strikers fight on (Andre D'Souza)
After the international dockers strike (Alan McArthur)
Tube face sell-off

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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.

Hands Off London Transport day of action; BBC workers to strike; Heathrow Airport strike; Doncaster care workers' dispute; NUT secretary suspended.

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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.

Ritzy workers reject offer

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

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