Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/27741

Posted on 27 July 2018 at 14:56 GMT

South Western rail workers' seven strike days to save guards begin

South Western rail workers on strike, joined by RMT president Sean Hoyle and Socialist Party members, 26.7.18, photo by Declan Clune

South Western rail workers on strike, joined by RMT president Sean Hoyle and Socialist Party members, 26.7.18, photo by Declan Clune   (Click to enlarge)

Rail workers on South Western Railway struck on 26 July against management's attempts to remove guards' safety-critical role on trains - so-called 'driver-only operation'.

Southern region Socialist Party members visited and stood in solidarity with members of transport union RMT on strike at railway stations in Basingstoke and Fratton, Portsmouth.

London region Socialist Party members supported the picket line at the Waterloo terminus. This was the first day of an action that will take place over seven more days throughout July, August and into September.

Picket at Waterloo, South West Railways strike July 2018

Picket at Waterloo, South West Railways strike July 2018   (Click to enlarge)

In Portsmouth, RMT president Sean Hoyle was among the group of committed activists on the picket line. He told us: "This strike is about safety and accessibility for all!"

In Basingstoke, the RMT strikers were joined by local disability activist Chris Hall from campaign group Parability. "We want to see a railway system that is available to everybody", he said. "Safety is also a priority and we want to see a nationalised railway as a service for the public and not for the profit of shareholders. I intend to be here every day the strike is held in support of the campaign."

Support and solidarity were evident from many members of the public who stopped to speak to those on the picket line.

A member of the public passing commented: "I don't think you can run a safe train without a guard."

Declan Clune, Southampton Socialist Party

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






Related links:

South Western Railway:

triangleSupport RMT strikes against the elimination of guards on trains

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

triangleSouth Western rail guards hit 18 strike days

trianglePrivate firms and toothless regulator to blame for trains chaos - nationalise rail now!

triangleGuards move closer to beating driver-only operation

Strike:

triangleLeicester college pay strike goes on

triangleBin strike against 'blacklisting'

triangleAnnoyed?! I'm annoyed to be on poverty wages

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

Rail:

triangleHeroic RMT guards beat back Northern rail in fight against dangerous driver-only operation

triangleTrade unions protect rail workers' picket line in Hull

triangleGrayling's attacks on rail workers wages 'un-fare'

RMT:

triangleGlasgow: nationalise the threatened 'Caley' railway depot

triangleHundreds join Manc RMT picket line in solidarity after far-right attack

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

20/2/19

Homes

London housing campaigners disrupt auction

20/2/19

Birmingham

Birmingham Uni: Standing up to racism is not harassment!

20/2/19

Leeds

Leeds TUC presents a no-cuts alternative budget

20/2/19

Socialist Students

Conference shows potential for fighting leadership

20/2/19

Birmingham

Bin strike against 'blacklisting'

20/2/19

Leicester

Socialists stand against Blairite mayor

20/2/19

Unite

Unite GLL pay campaign

20/2/19

TV

TV: Les MisÚrables - Hugo's novel and this adaptation both offer a message of hope

20/2/19

Energy

Energy retail firm collapse hits Tyneside

20/2/19

Universal Credit

Claimants and union slam Universal Credit

20/2/19

Lincoln

Lincoln students back UCU ballot

20/2/19

Climate change

"There's no planet B": Thousands of youth strike against climate change - we need socialist change!

20/2/19

PCS

Annoyed?! I'm annoyed to be on poverty wages

20/2/19

Universal Credit

Universal Credit staff ballot for action

20/2/19

PCS

PCS Left Unity must unite on pay and elections

triangleMore Reports and campaigns 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


February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999