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TSSA and the Boilermakers

TSSA has announced plans to merge with another union, "The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers." Never heard of them? Possibly because they are based in the United States.

That's right, TSSA's leadership think the way to strengthen the union is to merge with workers on a different continent...

Cutting through the fanfare on Northern Line extension...

With much fanfare and a fair amount of press coverage, the new Northern line extension stations Nine Elms and Battersea (aka Battersea Power Station... station) have now opened.

All things new attract attention, and we welcome the opening of new stations. But once the media attention fades...

Oppose LNER ticket office cuts!

LNER plans to cut ticket office opening hours at Berwick-upon-Tweed; Darlington; Doncaster; Durham; Edinburgh; Grantham; London King's Cross; Newark North Gate; Newcastle; Peterborough; Retford; Wakefield Westgate, and York train stations.

A letter from unions and campaign groups highlights the...

Track workers ballot for strikes

Track workers employed by Swietelsky, a sub-contractor used by Network Rail, are balloting for strikes to win better pay, after their employer offered an increase of just 1%.

Given current increases in the cost of living, a 1% pay "increase" amounts to a pay cut. RMT has rightly called attention...

Stations Left Unstaffed

It seems that stations are being left unstaffed through deliberate choice by management. On several occasions, staff were willing to work overtime to ensure the station was staffed, only for management to turn them down.

The dangers of this are obvious: operational incidents uncovered, passengers...

Bushy Platforms

Stations and trains staff across the combine have been reporting that bushes and grass have been growing through the cracks on many platforms, including through the yellow lines and near the platform edge. .

This is a serious hazard - especially when wet. The unions have raised it with management...

No Handlamp, No Train

It seems that the company is struggling to maintain drivers' handlamps adequately, perhaps because it is a somewhat, er, niche piece of kit. Management's answer? Suggest to drivers that they break the rules and drive without one. No thanks.

There are some pieces of equipment that we don't use...

Say No to the "Special Voluntary Severance Scheme": Fight the Job Cuts!

We need to resist the Special Voluntary Severance Scheme (SVSS), currently being offered to Network Rail staff bands 1 to 4, because it spells job cuts on a massive scale across the rail industry. Network Rail is offering this one-off severance package until 20 September. It will almost certainly be...

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