Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/324/9620

From The Socialist newspaper, 22 November 2003

Tube Workers Strike Against Management Spies

TUBE WORKERS on the Hammersmith and City Line and Circle line on London Underground took 24-hour strike action on Friday 14 November.

Ken Smith

Members of the RMT railworkers' union took action to demand the reinstatement of Chris Barrett. Chris is a driver on the Hammersmith and City line who had been put under surveillance by the company while on sick leave.

London Underground hired spies with video cameras to monitor Chris while off sick. The company claim that Chris was caught coming out of a gym.

At his disciplinary hearing Chris and his union the RMT produced a letter and other evidence from his medical team saying he needed this exercise to overcome an ankle injury. Management has whipped up a campaign of hysteria around this strike. It is believed they provided a photo and personal details of Chris to the London Evening Standard, which has conducted a disgraceful campaign of abuse against Chris personally and the union in general.

RMT members and Chris are refusing to deal with the Standard but Chris gave an interview to the socialist on the picket line at Edgware Road last week.

"All the media attention of the last few weeks has been a bit of a shock. I've come home to find the Evening Standard outside my house.

The Standard effectively decided that I was guilty and hasn't investigated the facts. They've swallowed the management line, which painted me in a negative light. They've effectively made me unemployable. If I don't get this job back and I go for a job in the future, then no one is going to give me a job, no thanks to the Standard.

If the Standard spent as much time on issues like health and safety rather than digging the dirt, then they'd be doing Londoners more of a service. Unfortunately, Ken Livingstone the Mayor of London has apparently been on radio saying that me and the RMT are holding London to ransom.

This is a man who described management as 'dullards' and all of a sudden he's prepared to accept this same management's views on my case. This was the same day he announced he wanted to stand as Labour's official candidate for Mayor. I don't know if that's a coincidence or not.

It has put a lot of stress on my wife and me. I'm entitled to privacy and don't need my name and address plastered all over the paper.

Officially, the disciplinary process has been exhausted. We've been through the initial hearing and two appeals which were both unsuccessful. There was unofficial action by RMT members when the news of my dismissal first came out.

I've also lodged an appeal with the employment tribunal people and we hope the union's solicitors will take up my case. I think RMT general secretary Bob Crow has made it clear to the Underground that the door is still open if they want to talk.

Members of ASLEF [another railworkers' union] have phoned up to ask how I was doing. There are ASLEF members who specifically joined the RMT to take part in action to support me, because they felt so strongly about it. RMT grassroots' members have been fantastic in their support. I can't praise them enough. And officials like Bob Crow and Bob Law have been really good.

There are loads of people who don't have any official position in the union who have tirelessly run leafleting campaigns. Even if we don't win, I'll always remember the support."


Tube staff ballot on safety

AN INTERIM report by London Underground has highlighted the poor condition of the track in the vicinity of the Hammersmith derailment. A Piccadilly line train came off the rails as it went round a curve last month.

The report says the fault would not have been visible to the naked eye but it would have been spotted by ultrasound - the next inspection was due in a month but ultrasound checks are only done twice a year.

Track maintenance at Hammersmith is the responsibility of the Metronet private consortium. To defend safety on the tube, rail union RMT is demanding that all maintenance is brought back within London Underground. The result of a ballot for industrial action about safety will be announced on 20 November.

Action could include 24-hour strikes and tube drivers running trains at 'cautionary' speed where drivers feel there are problems with the track. The tube is used by more than three million passengers a day.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 22 November 2003:

George Bush You Are...

How Can We Stop the Warmongers?

Why Bush Wants An 'Exit Strategy'

Vietnam War - the lessons for today

What is socialism?

Lewisham by-election 4 December

Ian Page speaks to the socialist

'No' To SATS: 'Yes' To A Boycott

ISR conference: Fight For Your Future!

Israel/Palestine: Cracks Widen In Sharon's Camp

CWI - Building Socialism Worldwide

Northern Ireland: Socialists Stand For Workers' Unity

Domestic Violence Is A Trade Union Issue

Tube Workers Strike Against Management Spies


 

Home   |   The Socialist 22 November 2003   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Tube workers:

triangleTransport strategy: London's mayor is no visionary

triangleLondon Underground: RMT wins victory

triangleTube workers' strike shuts Piccadilly Line

triangleTube drivers shut down Piccadilly Line over bullying

Strike:

triangle110 years ago: massacre at Santa Maria school in Chile - commemorate 21 December 1907

triangleThe Socialist's 2017 quiz

triangleNewham anti-academies strikes

triangleDriving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

RMT:

triangleAnti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

triangleNationalise rail now

triangleVirgin train workers vote for strike action over pay

London:

triangleSouth London health bosses' cover-up

triangleUnite day of action against blacklisting

London underground:

triangleJustice for Tube cleaners demo

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

13/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

Housing

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

6/12/17

Transport

Arriva bus strikers stand firm

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Dec Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the 5% claim, fully funded

triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

More ...

triangle13 Dec Caerphilly Socialist Party: Are we heading for an era of war?

triangle14 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Universal Credit - the Tories' latest assault on the poor

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2