Privatisation

Merseyrail and DOO

Submitted by AWL on 16 January, 2019 - 10:30
mersey rail

Merseyrail is one of the Train Operating Companies (TOCs), where workers have been resisting the imposition of Driver Only Operation (DOO), which involves the abolition of the safety¬critical role of the guard. Guards are represented by the RMT union, with drivers overwhelmingly members of Aslef. Among the TOCs, the Merseyrail is uniquely strong because it is the only one where Aslef drivers in large numbers have respected RMT guards’ picket lines. However, the Merseyrail industrial action has stalled for months now.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 16 January, 2019 - 9:24 Author: Ollie Moore, Darren Bedford and Jay Dawkey

Deliveroo riders in Bristol will strike on Friday 18 January, demanding higher pay and other demands which managers have repeatedly ignored. This follows a national courier strike on October 4, and a spontaneous strike in Bristol on December 11, which brought Bristol Deliveroo to a standstill.

Fighting fire in the class struggle

Submitted by AWL on 26 December, 2018 - 10:56 Author: Sacha Ismail
'We rescue people, not banks' - FBU slogan adopted from Spanish firefighters

In 2018 the Fire Brigades Union, which organises operational firefighters, fire control staff, fire brigade officers and others in the UK fire and rescue service, celebrated its hundredth anniversary as an independent union. For its centenary the FBU has published a book, Fighting Fire, about the last thirty years of its history.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 23 November, 2018 - 10:33 Author: Ollie Moore and Gemma Short

Train drivers on London Underground’s Central Line will strike again over 21-22 December, to demand the reinstatement of unjustly sacked colleague Paul Bailey.

Paul was sacked after passing a random drugs test. Although he registered for the presence of cannabinoid substances, due to taking hemp supplements, he was within the “cut off limit” of 50ng/ml. The RMT union says Paul’s sacking “undermines the integrity of London Underground’s entire drugs and alcohol testing regime”.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 7 November, 2018 - 11:30 Author: Clara Bennett, Ruth Cashman and Ollie Moore

Security staff at the University of Leicester are currently in dispute with management, who wish to cut their working week to 35 from 37 hours, with the loss of two hours’ pay. Effectively this works out to be about £800 per year. A large sum for relatively low paid workers but a tiny sum for the university, especially when the team they are targeting is very small.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 24 October, 2018 - 12:04 Author: Ann Field

GMB and Unison picket lines covered Glasgow on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 October in a two-day strike by City Council employees.

A lunchtime demonstration on the first day of the strike also saw four thousand people march through Glasgow to a rally in front of the City Chambers.

It was the biggest strike for equal pay in British history. The target was years of pay discrimination against City Council women employees, resulting from the Workforce Pay and Benefits Review (WPBR) which was introduced and defended by successive Labour administrations

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 10 October, 2018 - 12:25 Author: Sacha Ismail, Anne Field, Claudia Raven and Ollie Moore

Last week we reported the wildcat strike by workers at the “community owned” Ivy House pub in South London, members of the Bakers’ Union.

In this case “community owned” meant more “Big Society” than “workers’ control”.

Shortly after the last Solidarity went to press on Tuesday 2 October, the Ivy House workers, who had kept the pub shut down completely for three days, won completely. The union is recognised, zero hours contracts will be replaced by fixed hours ones, and the four sacked workers are reinstated with back pay until a disciplinary process has ended.

Anti-academy strike

Submitted by SJW on 18 July, 2018 - 11:39 Author: a John Roan teacher
John Roan anti academy posters

National Union of Education (NEU) members have struck for six days and last week we were joined by the GMB.

There was an amazing sense of unity and we were very proud to have teaching assistants, cleaners and other workers on the picket line with us teachers.

Our pickets are regularly about 50 strong — with lots of parent and community support — they’ve really become community pickets or community protests.

End outsourcing at UoL!

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 10:21 Author: Gemma Short

Cleaners, porters, security officers, receptionists, gardeners, post room and audio-visual staff at the University of London struck on 25-26 April.

The workers, members of the IWGB union, held day-long pickets at the University of London’s Senate House, and organised demonstrations through the universities area of Bloomsbury on both days.

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