Solidarity 042, 3 December 2003

Underground pay referenda: Vote No!

By a London Underground worker

London Underground's pay offer of 3.7% is not enough, especially for lower grades. The Regional Council of the underground union, RMT, has a policy to reject this offer and to take industrial action if necessary.

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Awaiting Tories?

On 19 November the PCS civil service union launched a parliamentary group, chaired by left Labour MP John McDonnell.

The move into politics is good. But with problems. The PCS's lack of a political fund creates procedural difficulties. It cannot, however, justify the union publicly and specifically seeking collaboration with Tory MPs.

According to the official union announcement: "The Group will have vice-chairs from each of the four political parties… The Conservative and Lib Dem vice-chair nominees are awaited".

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