Rail unions

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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Tube drivers in strike ballot

Submitted by SJW on 21 June, 2018 - 1:27 Author: Ollie Moore

Driver members of the RMT union on London Underground’s Piccadilly Line are currently balloting for industrial action, with the vote due to close on Thursday 21 June.

The dispute has been prompted by what the union calls a complete “breakdown in industrial relations”, with management adopting an increasingly disciplinarian and authoritarian approach, including obstructing union reps from carrying out basic trade union duties. The RMT says that Piccadilly Line management has also failed to honour agreements made in previous disputes.

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DOO dispute at a crossroads

Submitted by SJW on 21 June, 2018 - 1:24 Author: By a rail worker
DOO picket

There have been some significant developments since we last covered the mainline railway Driver Only Operation disputes.

At Greater Anglia, RMT says the employer has made an “improved offer” good enough to be put to its members in a referendum, so it has suspended strike action there.

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Mixed picture in DOO strikes

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 3:18 Author: By a train driver
DOO

RMT Conductor and Senior Conductor members at Greater Anglia are set to strike for two more days on 16 and 23 June, as the dispute at that franchise rumbles on.

As with Northern and Southern, where RMT members also struck on 24 and 26 May, the dispute at Greater Anglia appears no closer to a resolution and there is no sign of the union looking to escalate the action to force the employers’ hands.

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RMT decides against reaffiliationSJWWed, 06/06/2018 - 15:12

The RMT SGM on 30 May voted narrowly to reject affiliation to the Labour Party. The overall vote, 25 – 31, is roughly proportionate to the votes in branches and regions on the question.

As was carried in Solidarity previously part of the blame for the failure to affiliate has been the attitude towards the question by those in the RMT national leadership who supported affiliation but posed it almost entirely as a question of influence in national structures and what kind of return would be received from the affiliation fee.

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RMT divided on Labour link
RMT and John McDonnell
SJWWed, 30/05/2018 - 11:43

On 30 May, the RMT rail and transport union will hold its Special General Meeting in Doncaster to debate whether it should reaffiliate to Labour, the party the union helped found but from which it was expelled in 2004.

A period of consultation within the union has revealed a fairly even split. A slight majority of branches and Regional Councils that held meetings to debate the issue voted in favour of reaffiliation, but those voting against represent a slightly larger proportion of the membership.

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Renationalise the railways!
Strike against DOO
SJWTue, 22/05/2018 - 21:09

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
RMT disabled members conference 2018
SJWTue, 01/05/2018 - 22:23

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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