Reports and Campaigns
Reports and campaigns:
22 February 2012
The debate on the HS2 high speed rail in the Socialist 703 continues with arguments for and against the scheme
16 February 2012
'£8.30 - London Living Wage!' was the chant of the Initial cleaners taking strike action today outside St Pancras station in London
8 February 2012
Craig Johnston, a member of the transport union RMT in Carlisle recently wrote a letter to his local paper challenging the Tory MP's proposals for station buildings...
1 February 2012
Developing efficient public transport: The second high speed line (HS2) in Britain (the first being the channel tunnel link from London to Paris) would initially connect London to Birmingham by 2026 with a journey time of 49 minutes, writes Mark Pickersgill, Stevenage Socialist Party.
26 January 2012
Transport union RMT has secured a ground breaking Olympics pay deal on DLR worth £2,500 made up of a guaranteed attendance payment of £900 and guaranteed overtime payments for all staff throughout the Olympic and Paralympic games...
11 January 2012
In December 2011, after a dispute between Scotrail and rail union Aslef, an agreement was reached which provides for the recruitment of at least 32 train drivers in 2012 and for eliminating rest day working by April 2013, writes Pete, Worcester.
10,000 marched against job cuts at Bombardier on Saturday 23 July in the biggest demonstration in Derby for decades, backed by the RMT and other trade unions, photo Paul Mattsson
3 November 2011
Around 40 Bombardier workers, trade unionists and others protested outside the Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum conference
21 September 2011
Tory transport secretary Philip Hammond recently described Britain's railways as a "rich man's toy"...
3 August 2011
Save jobs, renationalise UK rail and train building: Around 10,000 marched against job cuts on 23 July in the biggest demonstration in Derby for decades.
3 August 2011
"Workers of the world unite": This month commemorates the centenary of the Llanelli Railway Riots in Wales when railway workers participating in a national rail strike, along with the local community, faced the guns and bayonets of Churchill's troops...
18 July 2011
Thousands will march in Derby on Saturday 23 July in protest at the threatened 1,400 job losses at the train building firm Bombardier
7 July 2011
Derby has been rocked by the announcement of the loss of more than 1,400 jobs by the train manufacturer Bombardier
6 July 2011
No to McNulty: The annual meeting of rail union RMT has endorsed plans for a massive national campaign, including a cross-industry strike ballot if necessary, to resist any attempts by the government to roll out its McNulty Rail Review assault on Britain's railways...
29 June 2011
McNulty report points to further fragmentation and privatisation: The McNulty report on railway 'value for money' stands alongside Lansley's NHS 'reforms' as a brazen attack on our public services by this aggressive government, writes TSSA rail union, personal capacity.
1 June 2011
Customer services on the East Coast Mainline are dealt with by National Express call centre workers at Baron House in Newcastle, but not for much longer if East Coast gets its way, writes Elaine Brunskill.
25 May 2011
Sir Roy McNulty's railway 'value for money' report, commissioned by the government, seems to blame and penalise workers for the failed privatisation policies of successive Tory and Labour governments
18 May 2011
Losing your home: More evidence that the government's austerity measures are pushing the economy back into recession comes from the latest house repossession figures...
21 March 2011
On Friday 4 March 2011 the Court of Appeal in London handed down definitive judgements in two important industrial action cases, writes Alex Gordon, president of the RMT union. An edited version of this article appeared in the Socialist as 'Trade union victory over anti-strike laws'
5 January 2011
RAIL PASSENGERS face a miserable start to the New Year as a result of massive price hikes imposed by the privately run train operating companies (TOCs), writes Dave Carr.
4 January 2011
Years come and go but this New Year's rail fares price rise saw another ceiling breached - the cost of a standard open return ticket from Carlisle to London Euston broke through the £300 barrier and now stands at £301-00, writes Craig Johnston, Carlisle.
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