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Rail, Maritime and Tranposrt Union (RMT); Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF); Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA)

Action for jobs and safety on the Tube

Tube workers employed by the Trainpeople agency demonstrated outside Transport for London headquarters on Tuesday 15 January, demanding jobs and justice.

The workers, some of whom have worked on the Bakerloo Line for five years, found themselves facing the dole queue when 19 new directly-employed staff were taken on to fill roles that the agency staff were already fully trained for and had already been working in.

Tube workers employed by the Trainpeople agency demonstrated outside Transport for London headquarters on 15 January, demanding jobs and justice.

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Industrial news in brief

Honda job cuts

Car manufacturer Honda will cut over 1,000 jobs from its plant in Swindon, with 800 permanent and 325 temporary staff set to go.

Honda job cuts, construction workers' safety strike, Scottish rail signallers' ballot, Hull City Council bans blacklisters

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"The union should be led from the workplace"

Peter Pinkney was elected national president of the Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers union (RMT) in December 2012. Workers’ Liberty members in RMT supported his election bid. Peter spoke to Solidarity in a personal capacity.

I stood on a platform of wanting to minimise the distance between the leadership of the union and the members at a workplace and branch level. So my priority will be getting out to workplaces and talking to people. I want to base the initiatives I take as President on what members at a rank-and-file level want.

Peter Pinkney was elected national president of the Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers union (RMT) in December 2012. Workers’ Liberty members in RMT supported his election bid. Peter spoke to us in a personal capacity.

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Sack the agency, not the workers!

Thirty-three Tube workers face unemployment unless a battle to save their jobs is successful.

The workers are employed by the Trainpeople agency and work on London Underground stations, with full LU training and wearing LU uniforms.

Thirty-three Tube workers face unemployment unless a battle to save their jobs is successful.

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Tubeworker Trainpeople Agency Workers' Special - 6 January 2013

A special issue of the Tubeworker bulletin on the Trainpeople agency workers' fight for jobs. Click here to download the PDF.

A special issue of the Tubeworker bulletin on the Trainpeople agency workers' fight for jobs.

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Cleaners' round-up

Tyne and Wear Metro cleaners struck for 72 hours on 23 December, and London Underground cleaners struck on 31 December and 1 January, as part of ongoing battles for living wages and equality with directly-employed colleagues.

Tyne and Wear Metro workers set up a soup kitchen in Newcastle city centre to highlight the poverty conditions into which low pay is forcing them.

A round-up of cleaning workers' struggles in December and January.

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Sack the agency, not the workers! Demonstrate to demand justice for the 33!

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7 January, 2013 - 13:00 to 14:00

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Wembley Central station

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The ruthless and callous sacking of 33 RMT members employed by the Trainpeople agency just before Xmas has stirred some very raw emotions amongst rank-and-file workers. There is a demo on Mon Jan 7, 1300hrs at Wembley Central station. Badges, placards, banners and T shirts are all being made, it looks like Monday could be a noisy and vibrant demo.

Make sure you are part of it. Badges will be available for all.

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Tubeworker Christmas Special 2012

The Christmas 2012 issue of the bulletin for Tube workers, by Tube workers, discussing the cleaners' NYE/NYD strikes, Trainpeople agency workers' fight for jobs, and the ASLEF drivers' Boxing Day strike.

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The Christmas 2012 issue of the bulletin for Tube workers, by Tube workers, discussing the cleaners' NYE/NYD strikes, Trainpeople agency workers' fight for jobs, and the ASLEF drivers' Boxing Day strike.

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RMT transport cleaners' lobby of Parliament

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11 December, 2012 - 15:00 to 17:30

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Committee Room 11, House of Commons, London SW1A 2TT

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The rail union RMT holds a lobby of Parliament to push MPs to support its ongoing disputes to win living wages and equal rights for transport cleaners. The union also plans to launch a "cleaners' charter" at the lobby.

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Tubeworker 05/12/12 - Cleaners strike again!

An industrial bulletin for Tube workers, by Tube workers. This issue discusses the recent cleaners' strike, argues for a vote for John Leach in the upcoming RMT London Regional Organiser elections, as well as local and workplace stories.

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An industrial bulletin for Tube workers, by Tube workers. This issue discusses the recent cleaners' strike, argues for a vote for John Leach in the upcoming RMT London Regional Organiser elections, as well as local and workplace stories.

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Rail cleaners' national strike

Cleaners in the Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers union (RMT) have struck on six contracts in the widest coordination of cleaners' strike action in recent labour movement history.

Cleaners in the Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers union (RMT) have struck on seven contracts in the widest coordination of cleaners' strike action in recent labour movement history.

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Cleaners' historic strike

Rail cleaners across several lines and contracts will take unprecedented strike action on Thursday 29 November, Friday 30 November, and Saturday 1 December.

The strike, organised by the Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers union (RMT) is the widest coordination of cleaners’ disputes in recent labour movement history.

Rail cleaners across several lines and contracts will take unprecedented strike action on Thursday 29 November, Friday 30 November, and Saturday 1 December.

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Cleaners Fightback - November-December 2012 (rail cleaners' strike special)

An industrial bulletin for cleaning workers, focusing on the 30 November-1 December rail cleaners' strike.

An industrial bulletin for cleaning workers, focusing on the 30 November-1 December rail cleaners' strike.

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RMT LGBT demonstration: Solidarity with Ugandan LGBT people! Stop the "Kill The Gays" bill!

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6 December, 2012 - 14:30 to 16:30

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Uganda High Commission, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DX

Description: 

The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality “Kill the Gays” Bill has been placed on the schedule of Parliament - meaning it will be on business of the day any time from now. In the next few hours or days, the situation for LGBT Ugandans may change markedly. Meantime, the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Uganda has called for protest actions across the World. Global condemnation stopped this harsh law twice before. Please join RMT activists on 6th December.

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Industrial news in brief

Engineering and maintenance workers employed by Tube Lines on London Underground will strike on Friday 23 November, in an ongoing battle to win pensions and travel pass equality with the rest of Transport for London staff.

Tube Lines is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Transport for London; the RMT says its refusal to equalise its staff’s pensions and travel pass rights is “inexcusable”.

The Tube Lines workers’ strike committee has discussed plans for an ongoing programme of action, targeting key engineering projects over the coming months.

Tube Lines strike; wildcats at Crown Paint; QMU walkout.

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Cleaners' revolt continues

Rail cleaners across multiple services and contracts will strike together on Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December.

Cleaners at a number of rail companies and at the University of London are fighting back against low pay.

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Tubeworker 03/11/12 - No job cuts!

An industrial bulletin for Tube workers, by Tube workers. This issue discusses the fight against job cuts, the Tube Lines maintenance and engineering workers' strike for pensions and travel pass equality, and your local and workplace stories.

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An industrial bulletin for Tube workers, by Tube workers. This issue discusses the fight against job cuts, the Tube Lines maintenance and engineering workers' strike for pensions and travel pass equality, and your local and workplace stories.

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Striking for pensions and travel pass equality

Tube Lines maintenance and engineering workers held a lively picket line at the Stratford Market Place depot in east London as they struck to win pensions and travel pass equality.

Workers said that there was a strong mood to fight now that the dispute had resume after being on hold over the summer.

Tube Lines maintenance and engineering workers held a lively picket line at the Stratford Market Place depot in east London as they struck to win pensions and travel pass equality.

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Tubeworker 31/10/12 - TubeLines strike special

Written by Tube workers for Tube workers, this special issue discusses the Tube Lines strike for pensions and travel equality. Click here to download the PDF.

An industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, discussing the Tube Lines workers' strike for pensions justice and travel pass equality.

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Industrial news in brief

Members of teaching unions NUT and UCU at K College in Kent struck for half a day on Monday 8 October as part of a battle to save 145 jobs. The workplace is spread over six campuses and has more than 25,000 students. College bosses want to make cuts to shrink an £11 million deficit. 57 jobs have already been lost, and workers fear that campuses in Ashford and Dover could be sold off altogether. Staff walked off the job at 1pm and held pickets and protests at college sites.

Tesco jobs fight

Kent college walkout; Tesco drivers; Amnesty International strike; rail signallers; Northants cuts battle.

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West Coast fiasco shows need for publicly-owned railway

After months of controversy over the awarding of the franchise for the West Coast Main Line railway, the government has offered Richard Branson’s Virgin Trains a 13-month extension of their contract, to allow rebidding to take place.

The contract had been awarded to rival operators First Group, but following a public campaign by Virgin the government decided the bidding process had been flawed.

After months of controversy over the awarding of the franchise for the West Coast Main Line railway, the government has offered Richard Branson’s Virgin Trains a 13-month extension of their contract.

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Demonstrate to demand a living wage for London Transport cleaners

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17 October, 2012 - 08:00 to 10:00

Location: 

GLA, 110 The Queens Walk, LONDON, SE1 2AA

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From RMT London Calling:

TRANSPORT union RMT, along with supporters from the community, will be stepping up the demand next week that Mayor Boris Johnson increases the London living wage to £10 per hour, benefiting cleaners and other low-paid workers.

Campaigners will demonstrate outside the GLA Headquarters on Wednesday 17th October at 0900 hours, to call for better pay and conditions for transport cleaners.

Currently, cleaning companies on London Underground, DLR, London Overground and the various national rail companies pay wages varying between £6.09 per hour to £8.30 per hour.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said,

"While Mayor Boris Johnson is basking in the spotlight at the Tory Party conference he is light years away from the harsh realities of life faced by the cleaners working on a wide range of TFL contracts under his jurisdiction.

“Despite years of broken promises these crucial members of the transport team are still being denied a living wage and decent working conditions.

“If they are to provide a decent living for themselves and their families, cleaners need at least £10 per hour. The cost of living, including rents, is much higher in London than elsewhere and wages should be weighted accordingly. RMT is also demanding that cleaners be granted free travel facilities within the Greater London area in line with other transport staff."

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London Overground security workers' strike ballot

Workers employed by security contractor STM on a contract from London Overground are being balloted for strikes by their union, the RMT.

Workers employed by security contractor STM on a contract from London Overground are being balloted for strikes by their union, the RMT.

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Tubeworker - 04/10/12

The latest issue of Tubeworker, discussing the resumption of TubeLines industrial action, the 20 October TUC demo, and local/workplace stories. Click here to download the PDF.

The latest issue of Tubeworker, discussing the resumption of TubeLines industrial action, the 20 October TUC demo, and local/workplace stories.

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