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24 August 2016

Train fares to rise again - nationalise railways now!

Sick of getting into work feeling like a two-day-old used face wipe? Well soon you will have to pay an extra 1.9% for the privilege. Regulated rail fares will rise again next year in line with this year's 'RPI' inflation figures.

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18 August 2016

Corbyn backs teaching assistants at hundreds-strong rally

"Corbyn is likely to be the first ever prime minister to have stood on a picket line" said former Derby North MP Chris Williamson

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10 August 2016

Paul Reilly for RMT EC

Socialist Party member Paul Reilly, a branch secretary of the RMT transport workers' union in Nuneaton, is a candidate for the union's national executive committee to represent the Midlands region

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13 July 2016

Rail fail

Commuters with banners and megaphones protested against privatised rail operator Southern's appalling service in London's Victoria station on 11 July

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6 July 2016

Conference takes fighting position on urgent political questions

The 2016 AGM of the RMT took place against a backdrop of heightened conflict in both the industrial and political arenas

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6 July 2016

Bus drivers' strikes continue for fair pay

Weymouth and Bridport bus drivers are going into their fourth week of strikes as bosses remain "stuck in a groove" and demonstrate no intention of changing their position in this pay dispute.

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29 June 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Lecturers, train workers and cleaners on strike.

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29 June 2016

RMT conference 2016: EU and Corbyn coup on the agenda

Delegates welcomed the vote to leave the European Union - the RMT has always opposed the EU. Outside many delegates were clear that it is even more important the union retain its support for TUSC now that the Blairites are attempting to remove Corbyn as leader.

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22 June 2016

Southern conductors back on the picket lines

Southern Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) conductors were picketing again against driver-only trains, yesterday, Tuesday 21st May, outside Barnham station

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22 June 2016

Solid strike against "Britain's worst train company"

Services run by what workers are calling "Britain's worst rail company" have again been hit by strike action in a long running dispute over plans to get rid of conductors and operate driver-only trains. Workers at Southern Railway, members of the RMT transport union, have walked out to oppose plans to introduce so-called "driver-only operated" trains across more Southern services, which the union considers a safety risk.

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15 June 2016

Buses parked three deep in Leeds strike

"They make 11 million in profits in Leeds alone, and all their offer adds up to is around half a million. It's a shame it has to come to this to get them to give us more." Those were the words of one of many Unite the Union members picketing the two First Group bus depots in Leeds on 13 June.

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14 June 2016

Uber drivers strike against unfair fares

Around a thousand taxi drivers for multinational private hire firm Uber struck for 24 hours on 6 June. Strikers also protested outside Uber's Birmingham office at midday

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1 June 2016

Jobseekers told: take three-hour commute

Getting a job in austerity Britain is not a guaranteed or easy thing. I am a recent university graduate, and have spent the past couple of months job hunting. I can see how hard it can be to get your foot in the door - then we have this ridiculous 'advice' from the DWP.

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1 June 2016

Khan air

The new mayor of London has approved an urban airport's right to buy public land for expansion

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25 May 2016

Train conductors strike to keep their role

A conductor provides a vital role on our railways. Passenger safety is paramount to them. The conductor ensures everyone is safely on the train. They play a vital role should the train be involved in an incident.

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18 May 2016

GTR conductors strike to keep their role

Southern Govia Thameslink Railway conductors picketed at Barnham station

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27 April 2016

London elections: fight for an anti-austerity GLA

Unfortunately, Jeremy Corbyn, in another retreat in the face of the right-wing Blairites that infest the Labour Party, has not insisted on the London elections being fought on the policies that swept him to the leadership.

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27 April 2016

Most diesels emit illegal levels of poison

97% of modern diesel cars break European Union rules on poisonous nitrogen oxide emissions. Testing firm Emissions Analytics found a quarter producing six times the limit or more.

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20 April 2016

Review: 'On the Track' by Bill Mullins

A demonstration of the role of a Marxist in the workplace: There were 612 strikes recorded at British Leyland's Cowley plant in 1969 - workers today will be as amazed at that figure as the bosses were horrified by it then.

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6 April 2016

RMT protests against new Northern Rail franchise

Socialist Party and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition members joined members of the RMT union protesting against this at Leeds station on 1 April. Many remarked on the irony that we'd been campaigning for the franchise to be re-nationalised, but the only nationalisation the Tory government seems to approve is to other state rail operators.

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