Trade union issues

Take organising seriously

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 8:03 Author: Comment: David Morris

Whilst it contained some interesting historical content, Martin Thomas’s feature on trade unions, ‘From the “organising agenda” to the democracy & solidarity agenda’ (Solidarity 457), fails utterly to grasp what the move to organising represents, the nature of the crisis in our unions or the historical approach our current has taken to the mass trade union movement.

Industrial news in brief: train cleaners; Sports Direct; Tube; Riverboats; Argos

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 12:19 Author: Solidarity
Sports Direct hits headlines

Train cleaners ballot

Cleaners working for Southern and Southeastern railways will be balloted by the RMT in two separate disputes over pay and working conditions.
The cleaners are employed by two different cleaning contractors — Wettons on Southeastern and Churchill on Southern.
The ballot closes on 21 September.

Sports Direct

Solid First Day of Action at Northern and Merseyrail!

Submitted by Off The Rails on Mon, 03/13/2017 - 18:59

The RMT action on Northern and Merseyrail against Driver Only Operation on 13th March was very successful.

At Merseyrail, ALL Traincrew stayed out, including ALL Drivers, despite the majority of them belonging to ASLEF, which has not yet joined the dispute. The ONLY trains that moved at Merseyrail on the day were operated by managers.

That is a huge step forward in this dispute in terms of solidarity- let's hope this spreads to other depots as the dispute rolls on!

Workers' direct action gets the goods: sacked Crossrail worker reinstated AWL Mon, 02/16/2015 - 20:43

Construction workers scored a big win against contractors operating on the Crossrail transport project in central London, after a sacked worker was reinstated within hours of a demo at Crossrail's Oxford Street site.

The worker, who began work on Monday 9 February, raised concerns over safety standards on the site. Despite being told he would have work for three years, he was summarily sacked on Friday 13 February.

AWL NC 06/12/14 AWL Sat, 12/06/2014 - 19:14

AWL NC 06/12/14

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Forum topics
The Monthly Survey AWL Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:02

Articles:

John Major's "beef war" (Alan Gilbert)
Towards a summer of discontent? Rail and post go into battle (Tom Wills)
Deep divisions in Israel
Germany's workers are fighting back (Rhodri Evans)
Socialist Labour Party: Little controversy, no orientation, no hope (Martin Thomas)
The new left in Unison (Sleeper)

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Survey: education, diary of a tubeworker & labour news AWL Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:42

Student debt explodes: HE, FE (Daisy Forest, Ed Whitby)
Out Proud and Organising (Daisy Forest)
Diary of a tubeworker: Phew, what a sell out!
Troops used against firefighters dispute (Chris Jones)
The rail sell out
Strike against casual labour
Defeated council plans library closure

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Ritzy cinema workers' strike hots up AWL Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:52

On 20 July workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton were on strike again as part of their Living Wage campaign. The strike had been timed to disrupt a live screening of the new Monty Python musical, the kind of screening that normally draws packed audiences and big profits.