Over 100 came to London’s Conway Hall for the launch of the “Hands Off London Transport” campaign (HOLT).
HOLT has been initiated by Tube union RMT as part of its fight against huge job losses, ticket office closures, and attacks on workers’ terms and conditions on London Underground. The launch rally also included representatives from TSSA, another Tube union, as well as Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) activists, the National Pensioners’ Convention, the Green Party, and Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn. John McDonnell MP sent his support.
RMT members on London Underground will strike for 48 hours across 4-6 February, and 11-13 February. RMT members in stations grades also launched an overtime ban on 17 January, and plan revenue action (refusing to carry out certain duties relating to checking fares and tickets) between 9.30 and 11.30am, and 6.30 and 8.30pm, on 7, 10, and 14 February. TSSA’s ballot for strikes closes on Monday 27 January, and is expected to return a yes vote, allowing their members to participate in the February walkouts.
HOLT will be an essential addition to the unions’ industrial action. By campaigning publicly against the cuts, and for a well-funded, publicly-owned, democratically-controlled transport system, HOLT can ensure that Tube workers are not left to fight their dispute alone as a sectional industrial battle, but are supported by a wide coalition of working-class community organisations. The defence of London Underground is a political fight for the whole working-class in London.
To download campaign materials, visit Hands Off London Transport.