Off The Rails's blog https://www.workersliberty.org/ en The Story of Colour Bars on the UK Railway https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-10-16/story-colour-bars-uk-railway <span>The Story of Colour Bars on the UK Railway</span> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Fri, 16/10/2020 - 18:59</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Speaking at our online meeting in September, Janine Booth tells the story of the period after the end of the Second World War when black people came to Britain but met opposition from some white workers, until the 'colour bar' was defeated in 1966.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YEuFPgmOdB4" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-10-16/story-colour-bars-uk-railway" rel="tag" title="The Story of Colour Bars on the UK Railway" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about The Story of Colour Bars on the UK Railway</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-10-16/story-colour-bars-uk-railway#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Fri, 16 Oct 2020 17:59:57 +0000 Off The Rails 36278 at https://www.workersliberty.org Strike Wakes Up Sleeper Bosses https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-10-13/strike-wakes-sleeper-bosses <span>Strike Wakes Up Sleeper Bosses</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/sleeper.JPG" width="256" height="171" alt="Caledonian Sleeper train" title="Caledonian Sleeper train" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Tue, 13/10/2020 - 15:04</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Readers might (or might not) remember the old 'pantries' on the Caledonian Sleeper. Staff used these to get some downtime during the night - not even a kip, just a sitdown, a break.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-10-13/strike-wakes-sleeper-bosses" rel="tag" title="Strike Wakes Up Sleeper Bosses" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Strike Wakes Up Sleeper Bosses</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-10-13/strike-wakes-sleeper-bosses#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Tue, 13 Oct 2020 14:04:15 +0000 Off The Rails 36201 at https://www.workersliberty.org Report from Inverness Sleeper picket https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-10-05/report-inverness-sleeper-picket <span>Report from Inverness Sleeper picket</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/SleeperLeaflet.jpg" width="330" height="440" alt="RMT leaflet explaining Sleeper dispute" title="RMT leaflet explaining Sleeper dispute" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Mon, 05/10/2020 - 10:46</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Despite the horrific weather conditions, there was a great turnout on the picket line at Inverness last night to stand with <a href="/blogs/2020-10-01/strike-wakes-sleeper-bosses">striking Caledonian Sleeper staff</a>. </p> <p>Placards and leaflets publicised the case for the strike, and tea, coffee and chips kept spirits up. Special thanks to the GMB union for coming to support the RMT: solidarity between our unions is so important, especially now, and thank you for the leaflets etc, we really appreciated the effort you both put in. </p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-10-05/report-inverness-sleeper-picket" rel="tag" title="Report from Inverness Sleeper picket" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Report from Inverness Sleeper picket</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-10-05/report-inverness-sleeper-picket#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Mon, 05 Oct 2020 09:46:18 +0000 Off The Rails 36207 at https://www.workersliberty.org Rail workers say: Black Lives Matter! https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-10-03/rail-workers-say-black-lives-matter <span>Rail workers say: Black Lives Matter!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/FB_IMG_1591272057811.jpg" width="472" height="354" alt="Black Lives Matter placard" title="Black Lives Matter placard" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Sat, 03/10/2020 - 20:17</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Off The Rails supports the global protests against police brutality and racism.</p> <p>The issues raised by the protests are not just problems in the USA. They affect us too. Britain has its own history of police violence against people of colour, with campaigns like the United Families and Friends Campaign highlighting deaths in custody. And just as America must reckon with its history of slavery and segregation, so must Britain confront a history of slavery and colonialism. </p> <p>Police role</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-10-03/rail-workers-say-black-lives-matter" rel="tag" title="Rail workers say: Black Lives Matter!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Rail workers say: Black Lives Matter!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-10-03/rail-workers-say-black-lives-matter#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Sat, 03 Oct 2020 19:17:40 +0000 Off The Rails 36205 at https://www.workersliberty.org On Guard! https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-10-03/guard <span>On Guard!</span> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Sat, 03/10/2020 - 20:10</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The latest issue of On Guard - a rank-and-file bulletin for rail workers in Sheffield - is online <a href="/story/2020-09-28/guard-september-20th-2020-issue-24-black-lives-matter">here</a>.</p> </div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-10-03/guard" rel="tag" title="On Guard!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about On Guard!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-10-03/guard#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Sat, 03 Oct 2020 19:10:39 +0000 Off The Rails 36204 at https://www.workersliberty.org Rail and Tube workers discuss fighting job cuts https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-28/rail-and-tube-workers-discuss-fighting-job-cuts-0 <span>Rail and Tube workers discuss fighting job cuts</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/pencott_0.jpg" width="330" height="440" alt="John Pencott" title="John Pencott" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Mon, 28/09/2020 - 17:19</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The opening talks from our online meeting about fighting job cuts are now online, <a href="https://www.workersliberty.org/story/2020-09-28/video-rail-workers-discuss-fighting-job-cuts">here</a>.</p> </div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-28/rail-and-tube-workers-discuss-fighting-job-cuts-0" rel="tag" title="Rail and Tube workers discuss fighting job cuts" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Rail and Tube workers discuss fighting job cuts</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-28/rail-and-tube-workers-discuss-fighting-job-cuts-0#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:19:02 +0000 Off The Rails 36171 at https://www.workersliberty.org Making equality more than a buzzword https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-17/making-equality-more-buzzword <span>Making equality more than a buzzword</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Network%20Rail_0.png" width="680" height="311" alt="Network Rail" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Thu, 17/09/2020 - 17:28</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This article, by rail worker Becky Crocker, was first published in the <i>Solidarity</i> newspaper, <a href="https://www.workersliberty.org/story/2020-09-16/making-equality-more-buzzword">here</a>.</p> <hr /><p>In recent months I have become increasingly aware of the lack of diversity in my workplace, a Network Rail office in London.</p> <p>My suspicions about Network Rail were confirmed when I read in its 2019 Ethnicity Pay Gap Report that only 8.6% of its workforce is from a black or ethnic minority background compared to the national BAME population of 13%.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-17/making-equality-more-buzzword" rel="tag" title="Making equality more than a buzzword" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Making equality more than a buzzword</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-17/making-equality-more-buzzword#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:28:54 +0000 Off The Rails 36128 at https://www.workersliberty.org The conflict in RMT https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-16/conflict-rmt <span>The conflict in RMT</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Rank%20and%20File.jpg" width="250" height="142" alt="The Rank And File" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Wed, 16/09/2020 - 07:43</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><li>RMT must address mental health issues and bullying allegations</li> <li>External investigation needed, but union must change itself</li> <li>Genuine debate, criticism, and accountability is essential, and is not bullying</li> <li>For a union led by members, through our lay representatives, not by officers</li> <li>The National Executive Committee must run the union, but run it more effectively</li> <li>Urgent, militant action is needed to fight job cuts and attacks on terms and conditions</li> <li>The rank and file - grassroots union members in workplaces - must organise.</li></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-16/conflict-rmt" rel="tag" title="The conflict in RMT" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about The conflict in RMT</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-16/conflict-rmt#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 16 Sep 2020 06:43:49 +0000 Off The Rails 36091 at https://www.workersliberty.org Off the Rails/Tubeworker joint meeting, Thursday 17 September, 16:00-18:00: fighting "colour bars" on the railway https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-08-31/railstubeworker-joint-meeting-thursday-17-september-1600-1800-fighting-colour-bars <span>Off the Rails/Tubeworker joint meeting, Thursday 17 September, 16:00-18:00: fighting &quot;colour bars&quot; on the railway</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/AX_0.png" width="680" height="383" alt="Asquith Xavier" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Mon, 31/08/2020 - 20:57</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><b>Thursday 17 September, 16:00-18:00</b></p> <p><b>Log in via Zoom <a href="https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8784354612">here</a></b></p> <p><b>Facebook event <a href="https://facebook.com/events/s/tubeworker-public-meeting-figh/932853760556051/?ti=icl">here</a></b></p> <hr /><p>In 1966, Asquith Xavier became the first black guard at Euston station, overturning a "colour bar" which prevented black workers from being employed in certain grades. His struggle was not the first that exposed racism and discrimination in the hiring policy of railway companies, nor the last.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-31/railstubeworker-joint-meeting-thursday-17-september-1600-1800-fighting-colour-bars" rel="tag" title="Off the Rails/Tubeworker joint meeting, Thursday 17 September, 16:00-18:00: fighting &quot;colour bars&quot; on the railway" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Off the Rails/Tubeworker joint meeting, Thursday 17 September, 16:00-18:00: fighting &quot;colour bars&quot; on the railway</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-31/railstubeworker-joint-meeting-thursday-17-september-1600-1800-fighting-colour-bars#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Mon, 31 Aug 2020 19:57:00 +0000 Off The Rails 36041 at https://www.workersliberty.org Fight all job cuts! https://www.workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-08-13/fight-all-job-cuts <span>Fight all job cuts!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Job-cuts.jpg" width="660" height="440" alt="An image of scissors cutting the word &quot;jobs&quot;" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Thu, 13/08/2020 - 21:58</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Workers at the International Currency Exchange in St. Pancras are facing job cuts, with nine members of staff having been given redundancy notices. RMT reps are supporting them, but <i>Off the Rails</i> was a little alarmed to read some of the language in the union circular about the campaign.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-13/fight-all-job-cuts" rel="tag" title="Fight all job cuts!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Fight all job cuts!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-13/fight-all-job-cuts#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 20:58:05 +0000 Off The Rails 35995 at https://www.workersliberty.org