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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 December 2021

Support tube workers fighting back

"We kept the tube running during the pandemic"

RMT tube strike, December 2021

RMT tube strike, December 2021   (Click to enlarge)

Workers on the tube in London, members of the RMT transport union, have been striking against the imposition of "impossible and unreasonable demands on staff" over the reopening of the 'night tube'. Workers have been striking weekly, refusing to work night duties on the Central and Victoria lines, as well as all duties on Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly at the end of November and on 18-19 December.

"The disruption is entirely down to bosses and them abolishing the 'night tube' driver grade. The tube network has been hit financially, but management are using that as an excuse to attack us, even though they sat at home when we kept the tube running during the pandemic, risking our health," one striking driver told the Socialist.

In addition to the imposition of night tube duties, all tube and Transport for London (TfL) workers are facing a concerted attack on their pensions and conditions.

"After 30 years of shift work a tube worker can expect to retire on less than half their salary."

Workers see the action as the opening stage of this bigger battle.

The RMT has also agreed to conduct a ballot of all and London Underground members over pensions, jobs and working practices (so-called framework agreements), amid looming cuts threatened by both London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Tories.

TfL is also demanding more flexible working. As if working shifts around the clock over a seven-day working week isn't enough! Tube bosses want to own staff 24/7. They want to demand changes to shift times and rest days whenever they demand it.

If the dispute goes unresolved, all train operators and instructor operators in the RMT on night tube lines will strike for 24 hours from 4.30am on 18 December.

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In The Socialist 15 December 2021:


News

Tory cuts and privatisation leave NHS in crisis

Unions must fight for Covid workplace safety

Councils to make workers pay, again

Assange faces extradition

Global inequality grows


What we think

Split Tories and spineless Starmer


End of the USSR

The legacy of the collapse of Stalinism


LGBTQ+ rights

Stonewall attacked by the establishment


Workplace news

Sharon Graham: 100 days as Unite general secretary - the challenges ahead

Fighting union leadership needed to win NHS pay rise

Support tube workers fighting back

South Wales Stagecoach victory

Yorkshire Stagecoach strikers confidence growing

Welcome support for striking Scunthorpe scaffolders

Guards fight for their grades on CrossCountry rail

London colleges victory

Coventry bin workers strike against Christmas holiday cut

Sheffield couriers escalate and spread action

Uni support staff strike ballot

Tesco strike action latest

Barts health workers to strike for a pay rise

Worksop Wincanton depot strike builds


International news

Sudan: End military rule and poverty


Campaigns

Nana's eviction: Community vs heartless Labour council

London solidarity protest: Rio Tinto out of Serbia

Save St Mary's Leisure Centre in Southampton

Why we joined the Socialist Party

Selling the Socialist - Waltham Cross and Boscombe

Posters, car boot and socialist guided tour - some ideas to raise funds


Readers' opinion

TV review: Vaccine Wars: The Truth About Pfizer


Quiz 2021

Christmas quiz of 2021


 

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