Rail unions

RMT calls strikes of drivers on Night Tube lines

RMT has called strikes in its dispute to stop the consolidation of train operator grades. LU wants to merge the Night Tube duties, currently worked by a dedicated grade of driver, into the full-time rosters, offering full-time drivers a shift supplement to work them.

Although part-time drivers...

Diary of a Tube worker: When women drivers avoid the messroom

“She was alright... you’d never know that was his daughter, would you?”. I am not sure what I have walked into as I step into the mess room at the start of my shift. D adds “Yeah, but you look at who we have now and it is no one even worth looking at”. I look round at the group of men in their 50s and think I probably know what this conversation is. I am fairly sure I don’t want to. “Yeah, dolly bird, big tits, face like a slapped arse down the other end”. “Oh yeah, I know the one, she won’t even smile at you, though”, K adds. “Let’s not do this”, I suggest. “There really is no reason for you...

Off The Rails November 21 - After Scotrail win, step up strikes!

In this month's Off The Rails, Scotrail reps respond to RMT's pay win and warn of fights to come. With Caledonian Sleeper staff still striking, and attacks coming our way all over the UK, OTR urges rail workers to seize the momentum and step up strikes.

Cally Sleeper workers vote for further strikes

Workers on the Caledonian Sleeper, the overnight train which runs between London and various destinations in Scotland, currently operated by Serco, have voted by an 86% majority for further strikes, and by an 88% majority for further action short of a strike, on a 61% turnout in their latest...

Aslef members vote 98.8% for action

STOP PRESS, 8 NOVEMBER:

Aslef's ballot has returned a thumping 98.8% majority, on a 67% turnout. That's a massive mandate, and a clear indication that Aslef members are prepared to take action.

As we argue below, Aslef now needs to use the mandate. If we wait for LU to impose detrimental...

ScotRail strikes off as settlement accepted

Off The Rails will carry further analysis and assessment of the ScotRail dispute soon. The following report gives the essential facts.




Strikes planned by ScotRail workers during the COP26 conference have been called off, after RMT accepted a deal to end the dispute.

A so-called “final...

Steps forward at RMT AGM

Daniel Randall was a delegate to the recent AGM of the RMT rail union. He reports here in a personal capacity. The annual general meeting of the National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers (RMT) took place in Leeds from 24-29 October. The AGM had held-over business from the truncated 2020 AGM, which took place online, as well the 2021 business. It took place against the backdrop of threats including big job cuts in Network Rail, a pay freeze across the rail industry, and cuts on Transport for London. Recent officer elections in the union have seen the Broad Left alliance between...

Diary of a trackworker: Talk in my depot is varied

There is a refreshing normalcy about redundancies being offered. They are always show up around the time that bad news will make people think twice about why they are working. Talk in my depot is varied. There is a certain older age group who think that now they’ve done their time, it would be nice to leave with a little something extra; while at the younger end, demoralisation with a job that has changed dramatically, even in their relatively short experience, makes them think about a change of career. This time is slightly different in that the redundancy process has started with managerial...

Night tube needs better staffing

The Night Tube in London will resume on two lines from 27 November, in a move promoted as ensuring safety for women. However, the reality is more complex, and women’s safety requires increased Night Tube staffing. Around 150,000 people signed an online petition for Night Tube to resume, calling it “the best transport option to ensure millions of women across London can get home safely in the evenings and at night this coming winter”. There is certainly a strong case for this assertion, and it is understandable that women will feel safer travelling on the Tube rather than on night buses...

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