Rail unions

Fantasy Union of Rail and Transport WorkersOff The RailsThu, 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).

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Renationalise the railways!

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 9:09 Author: Keith Road
Strike against DOO

Virgin Trains East Coast, the consortium that runs the line from London to Edinburgh and which is 90% owned by Stagecoach has had its franchise taken away.

The line is now temporarily in public ownership, renamed the London North East Railway.

This follows the consortium admitting that they had over-bid for the contract — offering £3.3 billion in order to land the contract, when they had no intention of paying this amount, or as they put it, they “discovered” they were unable to pay the amount.

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RMT disabled members plan fightback

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 10:23 Author: a delegate
RMT disabled members conference 2018

Disabled transport workers discussed issues from workplace representation to the role of charities at their two-day RMT conference in Southend on 26-27 April.

This was only the second annual RMT Disabled Members’ Conference, after the union’s rank-and-file delegates overturned the Executive’s persistent refusal to establish the event. The conference proved its worth, bringing together twenty delegates (twice as many as last year) from different transport sectors and areas of the country.

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Rail strikes continue

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 7:56 Author: Ollie Moore

Guards on Northern Rail struck on 26 March, as the RMT union began the latest round of action aimed at halting the imposition of “Driver Only Operation”.

Official Northern figures said they were able to run 50% of its timetabled service, but union sources say the company’s estimates are inflated.

RMT members on South Western Railway are also due to take action in the coming weeks, with a ban on rest day working planned for the Easter weekend. 

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More DOO strikes

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 2:07 Author: Charlotte Zalens

Guards on Southern Rail struck again on Monday 12 March in the ongoing dispute about Driver Only Operation (DOO).
This strike was the 40th day of strikes for guards on Southern.

Guards on Northern and Merseyrail also struck on 3 March. 13 March marks the year anniversary of the Merseyrail strike. On the anniversary of the strike guards′ union, RMT, is lobbying the Merseyside Labour Metro Mayor. Due to the contract that Merseyrail has with the City Council the council has been repaying Merseyrail any losses incurred from the strike.

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Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 14 February, 2018 - 1:47 Author: Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and Peggy Carter

As previously reported in Solidarity (461, 7 February), the Communication Workers′ Union Postal Executive has endorsed the agreement reached between CWU negotiators and Royal Mail, which will now be put to a vote of the membership.

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