Rail unions

Fantasy Union of Rail and Transport Workers

Submitted by Off The Rails on Thu, 03/07/2008 - 09:31

What kind of union do we need? There are strengths and weaknesses in our current union set-up. Union officials will often have you believe that things can only be done the way they are done, because ... well, because they have always been done that way.

We do not agree. We have several criticisms of the existing rail unions, so it is only fair that we set out in more positive terms what our ideal union might look like. Let's call it the Fantasy Union of Rail and Transport Workers (FURT).

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 15/05/2019 - 07:20
train in depot

Tube win against cuts

Cuts had been planned by London Underground to train maintenance schedules, to reduce the frequency of train safety checks, from 24-hourly to 96-hourly, or up to monthly or more on some lines. Fleet maintenance workers in the RMT union had set strikes for 17-20 May. RMT had also planned to demonstrate outside London’s City Hall on 16 May, highlighting Labour mayor Sadiq Khan’s failure to resist Tory cuts to Transport for London’s budget.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 08/05/2019 - 11:58

Success for Nottingham Riders Network
On Tuesday 30 April, Deliveroo responded to the Nottingham Rider Network - IWGB's demand letter. Beyond a load of the usual fluff, it became clear that NRN-IWGB had made steps forward: winning a hiring freeze, and an agreement to meet.

Network Rail Workers: Reject this Shabby 'Deal'! Off The Rails Sat, 04/05/2019 - 20:58

The new issue of Off The Rails is attached.

With RMT's Executive recommending a settlement that scraps important working conditions in return for an inflation-only pay rise, Off The Rails urges rank-and-file reps and activists to fight back.

Network Rail: Waiting for Good Dough Off The Rails Wed, 01/05/2019 - 21:13

(Apologies to Samuel Beckett and Consolidated)

A Network Rail track worker writes ...

Here we are again, just like last the last pay claim. Leave it long enough and pretend that the final offer is somehow a great achievement.

New Print Issue of Off The Rails: April 2019 Off The Rails Wed, 01/05/2019 - 21:10

The new issue of Off The Rails is attached. Please print and distribute at work.

Accessible Workplaces

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 01/05/2019 - 10:50
disabled passenger

On 26-27 April more than thirty disabled transport workers attended the RMT trade union’s largest Disabled Members’ Conference yet.

Every delegate contributed to debates and discussions, which covered subjects including accessible public transport, mental health, and “reasonable adjustments”. On the latter, the conference stressed that our priority is to win accessible workplaces, rather than leave the onus on individual workers to ask for personal changes.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 01/05/2019 - 09:30

The PCS union’s ballot for action on pay, which closed on 29 April, gained a turnout of 47.7%.

That is over 6% higher than in 2018, but still about 3,000 votes short of reaching the 50% threshold required under Tory anti-union laws. This has highlighted, yet again, the extreme unevenness of our organisation on the ground.

1919 - Triple Alliance: Untapped Power

Submitted by Janine on Fri, 12/04/2019 - 16:44
Rail strike bulletin

With engineers and others taking on the employers, the time was ripe for the other bastions of industrial power – the rail workers, miners and transport workers – to join the fray. The government was certainly afraid that they would, knowing that these workforces’ unions had a deal, known as the Triple Alliance, that they would strike in solidarity with each other if asked.

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.

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