Off The Rails

Fantasy Union of Rail and Transport Workers

Submitted by Off The Rails on 3 July, 2008 - 9:31

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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An open letter to fellow ASLEF drivers: which side are we on?

Submitted by Off The Rails on Fri, 19/01/2018 - 10:56
DOO strike

To download the article below as an A4 bulletin, click here.

“It has long been the tradition in ASLEF to respect picket lines whether they are our own or those of fellow trade unionists.” - ASLEF  members’ diary


Dear Driver,

I am writing to you, as a fellow ASLEF driver, because I want to persuade you that we need to change how we approach the current RMT disputes over DOO/DCO.

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Stop Press: DBS job cutsAWLWed, 17/06/2015 - 00:56

DB Schenker management have apparently announced depot closures and potential redundancies of 118 drivers and other staff.

This looks to have been precipitated by the sudden drop in business moving coal to the UK's many coal-fired power stations.

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Marxism At Work: Shift Work ExplainedAWLWed, 17/06/2015 - 00:50

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Regroup and fight back!AWLWed, 17/06/2015 - 00:45

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Solidarity with Ukrainian workersAWLWed, 17/06/2015 - 00:26

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Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader!AWLWed, 17/06/2015 - 00:23

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A lesson from across the ChannelAWLWed, 17/06/2015 - 00:19

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