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Effective action builds
London Socialist Party members
Kings Cross underground normally opens its gates at 4.50am. But the strike was 100% solid - not one worker was in and the doors were staying shut.
Pickets were in a cheerful mood at the Ash House depot on the Piccadilly line at Arnos Grove, with over 20 RMT members picketing.
Only one driver, not in a union, crossed the picket line, with another - an Aslef member - going in but coming out again half an hour later to join strikers.
Not a single passerby was hostile to the strike. One told us that he never supports strikes, but he'd heard Boris Johnson and Bob Crow on the radio. He was now backing the strike and bought a copy of the Socialist.
Confident and mainly female pickets at Morden depot commented on the high level of support from station staff and a generally more positive attitude from the public than during previous disputes.
Over a dozen pickets at Edgware Road looked on while a manager tried to open the station gates but couldn't find his keys!
At Neasden, no trains were on the move at all.
Fulham Broadway tube was closed all day. A good victory as RMT members had earlier managed to see off an attempt to open the station using Boris Johnson's 'volunteers'.
A manager attempted to open Elephant and Castle station but at 7am notified people it was closed. It seems there is a stash of iPads left over from the Olympics and it's being suggested they will be used in stations as a substitute for humans.
As one union member said: "If someone collapses what is the iPad going to do? And what am I going to do with the iPad?"
At Brixton the strike was solid. Around 8am, two managers came out. They demanded we stop "obstructing" the stairs.
Eventually their petty arguing moved us all off LU property - to less than two metres away. "That's why we have such a strong union", said one picket. "Because of gits like that".
Nancy Taaffe reports: "We have been campaigning in support of the rail unions and we have had a very good response, reflected in 23 sales of the Socialist, which backs the strike, on one stall.
It appears Londoners know this strike is all about jobs, safety and pay."
In The Socialist 12 February 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
London Underground dispute
Socialist Party workplace news
Reviews and readers' comments
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