Rail unions

Fantasy Union of Rail and Transport Workers Off The Rails Thu, 07/03/2008 - 09:31

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).

On Guard - 10/2017: Socialism can save the planet! OnGuard Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:11

The latest issue of On Guard, a socialist bulletin for Northern workers in Sheffield, published by Workers' Liberty. Read online here.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 4 October, 2017 - 12:28 Author: Gemma Short, Mark Kent and Ollie Moore

On Saturday 30 September, workers and supporters protested outside the HR Owen car showrooms in London.

HR Owen sells a number of luxury sports cars, including Maserati and Ferrari, some of which sell for over £250,000 each. Last year it made a profit of £400m. Yet it only pays the minimum wage (through an outsourcing company) to its cleaners for the last five years. The inequality between rich and poor could not be clearer.

Build solidarity with DOO strikes cathy n Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:34

The dispute over Driver Only Operation (DOO) in the rail industry continues, and is spreading.
RMT guards struck on 1 and 4 of September on Southern, Northern and Merseyrail, and on 19 September announced a further two strike days for 3 and 5 of October.

Tube drivers to strike cathy n Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:31

London Underground drivers in the Aslef union will strike on 5 October. 

The dispute is a hangover from LU’s 2015 pay settlement with unions, which included a commitment to explore alternative working arrangements aimed at improving work/life balance. As part of this, London Underground ran a voluntary trial of a “four-day week” model, which involved the compression of drivers’ existing hours into four days, on the Jubilee Line. 

Reinstate Danny Davis cathy n Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:09

Tube drivers on the Central Line have voted by 99.3%, on a 72% turnout, for strikes to demand the reinstatement of Danny Davis.

Danny was summarily dismissed after a routine error ordinarily treated as a performance and coaching issue, rather than a disciplinary matter. 

The ballot easily surpassed all the threshold restrictions of the Tories’ anti-union laws. 
The RMT union will now consider when to organise industrial action to win Danny’s job back.

DOO strikes need driver support cathy n Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:15

RMT train guards fighting Driver-Only Operation (DOO) struck again, on Southern and Northern rail on 1 and 4 September and on Merseyrail on 1, 3 and 4 September.

Meetings between RMT and train operators have produced nothing, and Arriva Rail North (who run the Northern network) said they only wanted to discuss the ″terms of surrender″ by the union!

Despite train drivers’ union Aslef not being in dispute at Merseyrail or Northern, all Merseyrail drivers continue to respect RMT picket lines and some are doing the same at Northern.

Railworkers fighting for our safety

Submitted by Gemma_S on 21 July, 2017 - 2:53 Author: Joe Booth

On July 20 2017 Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) organised a demonstration outside the Department for Transport, London.

The demo was also attended by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT). Activists handed in a 4,000 signature petition for the return of train guards who are being got rid of by management – for disabled’s and passenger’s rights and lives.