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From The Socialist newspaper, 19 March 2009
Tube strike ballot
AT THE last rail union RMT London Underground regional council, a strike committee was elected. This committee agreed that strike action should be called for mid-April, to fight job cuts, the attack on jobs for life and to oppose management's proposals for a five-year pay deal.
The pay offer is for 1% increase plus RPI (Retail Prices Index) for the first year and RPI for the following four years. In effect, we would be signing up to a pay cut.
At a packed mass meeting in central London last week, stewards and activists unanimously supported our general secretary and union executive's call for a ballot for strike action. This will commence on 20 March. The ballot will be on the issues of jobs, pay and draconian disciplinary procedures.
This strike will be to defend every job and the conditions of our members. Hopefully, it will show other workers that any attacks on the working class can and must be resisted.
John Reid, RMT
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In The Socialist 19 March 2009:
Fight tuition fees: fight for jobs: fight for a future!
Youth march for jobs
Stop the witch-hunt
International socialist news and analysis
Worldwide protests at killings of Tamils
Rosa Luxemburg - still relevant today
Ireland: Make the rich pay
Tibet: The 1959 uprising
Socialist Party campaigns
The miners were right!
End the 'benefits trap'
Liverpool University: Stop the cuts!
Tube strike ballot
Crisis in the legal aid system
Socialist Party congress
Socialist Party congress reports
Videos of Socialist Party Congress 2009
Perspectives for Britain and the world 2009
Socialist Party election campaign
The European elections and working-class representation
Lessons of the 2004 election
Campaign for a New Workers' Party
Socialist Party workplace news
Strike threat wins job back
Isle of Grain - Low-paying contractor exposed
£2.5 bn profit, but BT still announces pay freeze
Rhyl: One-day teachers' strike
Rooftop protest wins apology from Royal Mail
Airwave Solutions: Striking against job cuts
The Socialist 19 March 2009 |
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