Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/866/21177

From The Socialist newspaper, 5 August 2015

Rail shutdowns step up

Second tube strike, 72-hour Great Western walkout

Photo by Naomi Byron

Photo by Naomi Byron   (Click to enlarge)

As we go to press, London Underground's four unions are readying a second industrial wallop for Tory mayor Boris Johnson. RMT, Aslef, TSSA and Unite have rejected management's latest "rehash" of destructive plans for night service, staff restructuring and pay.

Meanwhile, rail workers on First Great Western, also organised by the RMT, are preparing for bank holiday strikes. Bosses want to scrap conductors, close buffet cars and attack engineering jobs and conditions.

Two leading RMT members comment on the strikes.

John Reid, a Socialist Party member on the RMT's ruling council of executives, spoke to the Socialist. "All four unions are united as London is brought to a standstill. The strike is due to London Underground management's intransigence over jobs, work-life balance, forced unsocial hours and ripping up agreements."

Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said the introduction of night tubes was being rushed and would not be safe on the current schedule. He called for bosses to suspend plans, and slammed their failure to negotiate. "Our members have made it clear that the latest offer from London Underground is merely a rehash of the previous package."

On First Great Western, Mick said: "The fact remains that if it is good enough for East Coast, using the same trains, to meet the very basic assurances sought by this trade union - then it is good enough for First Great Western as well."

First Great Western rail, connecting London to Wales and the West Country, faces several actions. Most staff will strike for 24 hours on 23 August and 72 hours from 29 to 31 August. Maintenance workers will instead down tools for 24 hours on 29 and 31 August, and work to rule from 23 to 30 August.

The 24-hour tube shutdown on 5 to 6 August follows an earlier all-union walkout from 8 to 9 July. This was the first combined stoppage - and first to close the entire network - in over a decade.

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


In The Socialist 5 August 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Jeremy Corbyn: Thousands rally to anti-austerity appeal

Health trusts told 'don't fill posts' - stop NHS cuts!

Abolish the House of Lords!

Police spying: campaigners demand full disclosure

Fiddling finance capital in the dock

Rent hikes make housing unaffordable

Them & Us


Socialist Party features

Human tragedy of Calais crisis

Personal care budgets: more choice for service users?


Socialist history

Hiroshima - 70 years on


International socialist news and analysis

China at a turning point


Workplace news

Kill the bill! Join the NSSN lobby of the TUC

National Gallery strike: all-out art action

Rail shutdowns step up: second tube strike, 72-hour Great Western walkout

National Museum Wales strike against pay cut

Traffic wardens strike for sick pay

Workplace news in brief

Fighting the anti-union laws


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Bath: behind the elegant walls


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Campaigning to end the housing crisis

Lincoln demonstrators defy far-right threats

TUSC lobbies 'Labstainer'

Thousands gather at Leeds Pride

Socialist Party Summer Camp


 

Home   |   The Socialist 5 August 2015   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Rail:

triangleArriva Rail North under pressure after nineteenth Saturday strike

triangleLeeds meeting backs striking rail guards

triangleArriva Rail North strike hits 34 days of action

triangleSupport RMT strikes against the elimination of guards on trains

triangleSouth Western rail workers launch five-day safety strike to save guards

Strike:

triangleUCU Wales suspends FE strike action

triangleVeolia waste workers vote for action in Cheshire

triangleStrike action saves jobs at Cammell Laird shipyard

triangleMidwives go on strike in New Zealand

RMT:

triangleLiverpool seafarers demand better conditions

triangleVictory for left in RMT union president election

triangleTube strike solid against victimisation

London:

triangleJobs and homes not racism - kick the Tories out!

triangleWorkplace news in brief

First Great Western:

triangleFirst Great Western strike

London underground:

triangleTube workers walk out

Workers:

triangleJohn Maclean - revolutionary fighter of the working class

Unions:

triangleThousands march against racism - now Corbyn and unions must take lead

Union:

triangleSpontaneous hull walkouts stick two fingers up at Tory anti-trade union laws

Wales:

triangleObituary - Beth Roper (1990-2018) - comrade, friend and fighter

John Reid:

triangleFight the racist far right

TSSA:

triangleRMT wins important tube jobs and grading victory

Aslef:

triangleWho wants driver-only operation?

Unite:

triangleWorkplace news in brief

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

12/12/18

Wales

Corbyn supporter wins Welsh Labour leadership

12/12/18

Journalists

Worldwide threat to journalists at worst for ten years

12/12/18

NUS

National Union of Students faces bankruptcy

12/12/18

Elderly

Cuts and NHS crisis result in 'excess' elderly deaths

12/12/18

Far-right

Tommy Robinson's rich backers

12/12/18

Universal Credit

Universal Credit Christmas misery

12/12/18

Public services

Interserve debts

12/12/18

NHS

Tories' NHS cash insult - mass action can save our NHS

11/12/18

Socialist

Tory chaos reaches fever pitch

5/12/18

EU

Fight for a general election to kick out the Tories

5/12/18

PCS

PCS AGS election: Where now after the Left Unity conference?

5/12/18

Technology

The growth of artificial intelligence technology

5/12/18

Huddersfield

Racist attack in Huddersfield

5/12/18

Buses

Fatal bus crash - an avoidable tragedy

5/12/18

Housing

Arrogant landlords can be beaten

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999