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The Socialist 8 January 2020

Climate change. Poverty. War. Capitalism must go - fight for socialism

The Socialist issue 1068

Suleimani's assassination - Middle East thrown into turmoil

Trump attacks Iran - London protest: We need workers' action against war and austerity


Build union resistance to Tory attacks

Defend the right to strike

Defend the right to strike! - RMT and NSSN lobby parliament


2020: Class struggles and capitalist instability will intensify

Labour leadership election


Capitalism must go - fight for socialism

Trouble ahead for Johnson: Brexit is far from 'done'

Tory minimum wage hike not enough

Northern Rail franchise in question: nationalise the railways!

Children need intensive care? We don't care!

Shell pays 0 corporation tax, and plans huge hike in fossil output

Ignore the hype - austerity goes on: organise to resist

International wave of revolt continues


What next after the general election, for PCS and the left

Council concedes to striking winter gritters' demands

West Midlands RMT guards jobs saved

All we want for Christmas is a no-strings pay rise

Anti-academy strike action in Newham


Socialist Party members out on the streets

50,240 - a new fighting fund record

Avenue of trees saved!


Students 2 : 0 Tories

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Tyne & Wear metro strikers, 20.12.19, photo by Elaine Brunskill

Tyne & Wear metro strikers, 20.12.19, photo by Elaine Brunskill   (Click to enlarge)

All we want for Christmas is a no-strings pay rise

Norman Hall, South Tyne & Wearside Socialist Party

RMT union drivers on the Tyne & Wear metro took the drastic step of holding a 48-hour strike on the Friday and Saturday before Christmas.

Socialist Party members joined the well-attended 5am picket on Friday morning. We spoke with RMT shop steward and 'super picket' (picket supervisor) Chris Mongan, who has been part of the negotiations. Chris told us:

"The management are claiming they have made an offer of a 15% pay rise, but no formal offer has been made".

However, it's not the money aspect of the negotiations that is the cause of the strike. It is the conditions attached by the bosses, Nexus, or rather the conditions they expect the drivers to give up, that's the main issue. Chris told us:

"Nexus wants us to give maximum flexibility over our rest days. They could be changed or cancelled at short notice to provide cover for the likes of special events, introduction of new rolling stock, etc.

"This would destroy any work/life balance and make it impossible to plan ahead for holidays, childcare, etc. Whatever increase we get and more would be swallowed up by increased childcare costs alone."

The anger and determination of the drivers is shown by the fact that the vote for strike action was 100%.

RMT regional organiser, Micky Thompson, in the local press, stated: "Do you think I'm mad enough to reject a 15% pay increase on behalf of my members? This is not a pay award, it is self-financed scheme in which our terms and conditions are being traded to generate a return."

The Socialist Party offers full support to the RMT drivers on the metro and other RMT members taking action in disputes around the country at this time.


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 20 December 2019 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


Iran

Suleimani's assassination - Middle East thrown into turmoil

Trump attacks Iran - London protest: We need workers' action against war and austerity


Defend the right to strike

Build union resistance to Tory attacks

Defend the right to strike

Defend the right to strike! - RMT and NSSN lobby parliament


What we think

2020: Class struggles and capitalist instability will intensify

Labour leadership election


News

Capitalism must go - fight for socialism

Trouble ahead for Johnson: Brexit is far from 'done'

Tory minimum wage hike not enough

Northern Rail franchise in question: nationalise the railways!

Children need intensive care? We don't care!

Shell pays 0 corporation tax, and plans huge hike in fossil output

Ignore the hype - austerity goes on: organise to resist

International wave of revolt continues


Workplace news

What next after the general election, for PCS and the left

Council concedes to striking winter gritters' demands

West Midlands RMT guards jobs saved

All we want for Christmas is a no-strings pay rise

Anti-academy strike action in Newham


Campaigns

Socialist Party members out on the streets

50,240 - a new fighting fund record

Avenue of trees saved!


Readers' opinion

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