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Workplace and TU campaigns / Train drivers


15 November 2017

Virgin train workers ballot for strike action

Train managers, caterers, customer service and the other non-driving grades represented by the RMT union at Virgin West Coast are in dispute with bosses over a divisive pay offer

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1 November 2017

Coordinated strike action against driver-only operation

The RMT has announced coordinated strikes on five different networks

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25 October 2017

Aslef members must reject poor Southern Rail offer

Despite Aslef's policy being against DOO, Southern management have talked the leadership into accepting trains running without them

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5 April 2017

Walkout on three rail networks against driver-only operated trains

Further strike action across the country's rail network will take place on 8 April

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22 March 2017

Aslef offer: unity needed with the RMT

Members of train drivers' union Aslef on Southern Rail are being balloted for a second time on an offer from the company to resolve the dispute over driver-only operation of trains (DOO)

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16 February 2017

Aslef members reject Southern deal - now for coordinated action to fight to win

Train drivers in the trade union Aslef have delivered a tremendous answer of working-class solidarity that will astound Southern Rail management and the Tory government but also their own union leadership and that of the TUC. Despite the recommendation by Aslef leaders to accept the deal to end their dispute, drivers have rejected it by 54%-46% after a 72% turnout.

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6 February 2017

Southern dispute: Aslef members must reject offer

In an attempt to end the long-running, bitter dispute against driver only operation, Southern Rail has made an offer to drivers in Aslef

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14 December 2016

Southern: back the strike, nationalise the railways!

Members of train drivers' unions Aslef and RMT are taking three days of strike action on Southern Rail on 13, 14 and 16 December in the long-running dispute over the removal of guards.

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30 November 2016

Strike action across London and South East rail network

Combined strike action by up to 400 train drivers and other rail workers is set to bring Southern and London Underground to a standstill.

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2 November 2016

Solid Southern strike continues against Britain's 'worst' train company

Workers have turned out in large numbers at the Southern Rail offices in Barnham, West Sussex, determined to win their dispute. "The result at ScotRail [where workers won a victory to keep conductors on every train] is a boost to our campaign and gives us confidence we can get a result," was the view of an RMT member on the recent strike.

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5 October 2016

RMT president Sean Hoyle speaks to the Socialist

Under attack but organising to fight back: Transport workers' union RMT has been involved in many recent disputes and played an important role in supporting both Jeremy Corbyn and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. RMT president Sean Hoyle spoke to the Socialist.

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28 September 2016

RMT defeats ScotRail bosses: The guard stays on the train

ScotRail guards have won a big victory, proving that determined strike action works.

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2 December 2015

Letters

Do you have something to say? Anti-welfare propaganda, state school parents asked to pay for teachers, rail bosses' wages, and the power of effective opposition.

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21 October 2015

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Unison Scotland calls for no-cuts budgets, London DLR cleaners dispute, Arriva Wales train strikes, Alfreton Grange Arts College walkout.

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18 June 2015

Overwhelming Aslef vote for strike on London Tube

Aslef members on London Underground have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over the company's decision to try to force through, without negotiation, new rosters which would mean Tube drivers will have to work an unlimited number of weekend and night shifts for no extra pay

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10 December 2014

Rail franchise jobs: TUPE or not TUPE?

The "Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)" or TUPE regulations are European Union regulations which offer limited protections to workers when they are transferred from one employer to another, writes An Aslef member.

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3 September 2014

Workplace news in brief

London bus pay demo: On 11 September, London bus drivers are demonstrating for unified pay rates across the several bus firms

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5 March 2014

Train drivers vote for action at Northern Rail

Depot drivers who are in the RMT at Heaton Depot, Newcastle and Neville Hill Depot, Leeds, working for Northern Rail, have voted by a massive majority, for strike action

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Tube strike: RMT strikers picket the London Underground, Oct  2010 photo Paul Mattsson

RMT tube strikers

27 June 2011

'Hard lesson' for tube management as driver wins reinstatement

On 23 June Arwyn Thomas, a victimised London Underground train driver was reinstated following a long battle

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2 February 2011

Arriva Trains Wales - strike called off

RMT train drivers working for Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) were planning a second day of strike action on 4 February as part of their campaign for fair pay, writes Ross Saunders.

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