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Ticket Offices saved!

Submitted by Off The Rails on Sat, 20/04/2019 - 14:45
Campaigners at Hackney Downs station

Great news this week as Transport for London has backed down on plans to close London Overground ticket offices.

This follows an active campaign by RMT, and by local Labour Party branches in the areas affected. Reps and activists handed out thousands of leaflets, travelled round the various stations affected and made themselves seen and heard. They made the case that ticket offices are essential for people to safely access the network and for protecting jobs.

Ticket Offices Saved!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 20/04/2019 - 14:28
Hackney Labour and RMT campaigners

Great news this week as Transport for London has backed down on plans to close London Overground ticket offices.

This follows an active campaign by RMT, and by local Labour Party branches in the areas affected. Reps and activists handed out thousands of leaflets, travelled round the various stations affected and made themselves seen and heard. They made the case that ticket offices are essential for people to safely access the network and for protecting jobs.

Calling you at home?

Submitted by Tubeworker on Thu, 18/04/2019 - 14:40

Tubeworker thinks that outside of a genuine emergency no one needs their manager contacting them outside of work. The survey being conducted by Aslef as to whether managers can call us to offer duties we didn't request has a very easy answer. NO!

The Sound of Silence

Submitted by Off The Rails on Tue, 16/04/2019 - 22:14

Ever since RMT announced its positive-sounding deals with various Train Operating Companies (TOCs), Off The Rails has argued that it is essential that the union keep members informed of what is going on in talks. We have also reported the frustration of members in the various companies involved that they are not getting reports from talks.

Boycott High Stakes Summative Testing in Primary Schools

Submitted by Class Struggle on Sun, 14/04/2019 - 16:19

The system of testing in our schools is a form of state-sponsored child abuse. The process of testing which begins in year one destroys a love of learning, humiliates children and stifles developing minds. English school children are now among the most tested in the world. Motion 16, ‘Boycott High Stakes Testing’, gives us the opportunity to confront the tests.

How to Fight the Right, How Not to Fight the Right

Submitted by Class Struggle on Sat, 13/04/2019 - 15:41
Antifascist symbol, red flag and black flag together

On 29 March, the day the UK was due to crash out of the European Union, the pro-Brexit right mobilised in central London.

Thousands marched for Brexit and the SWP front, Stand Up to Racism (SUTR), protested in opposition. There were about 50 anti-racists who were barracked and taunted by the rightists: “Leftist scum, off our streets!”. The SWP organiser approached the police and asked to be moved away from the right-wing mob. When the SUTR people had moved away to a safe distance the SWP got out their STUR placards and banners.

Paddington Aslef says: love socialism, hate Brexit

Submitted by Off The Rails on Fri, 12/04/2019 - 11:46

Paddington Aslef branch, organising Great Western Railway drivers, has passed the following motion on Brexit:

Paddington Branch notes that since the UK voted to leave the European Union, none of the promises made by the Leave Campaign have been delivered. Rather than having £350 million a week to spend on the NHS, the economy has shrunk by £60bn and we have a shortage of 51,000 nurses.

SEND Cuts: The Most Vulnerable Lose Out

Submitted by Class Struggle on Thu, 11/04/2019 - 14:19

By the government’s own reckoning over 2000 pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are not getting access to necessary resources and equipment because of funding cuts. Since 2015 £5.4 billion has been cut from school budgets in England. The most vulnerable have been hit hardest. Between 2014 and 2017 pupil numbers rose by more than 4500, but on average schools lost 5.5 staff members. A lot of those cuts will have fallen on teaching assistants who support children with special educational needs, teaching assistants who are themselves low-paid and vulnerable.

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