Socialist Party
| Print

17 January 2018

RMT strikes against driver-only operation continue

"Everyone passing understands that this strike is about rail safety" said one of the striking guards on 12 January.

The mood on the Northern Rail picket line after three days of strikes was rock solid. Also, the strikers were clearly buoyed up by the refusal of train drivers to cross picket lines in Manchester and Wigan.

Having seen first-hand the impact of privatisation on the rail networks the strikers also expressed concerns about ongoing privatisation of the NHS.

The view was expressed that although the Tory government has all the anti-trade union laws at its disposal, it is weak and divided. One of the strikers repeated the quote from the late Bob Crow: "If we all spit together we can drown the bastards!"

Elaine Brunskill, Bournemouth

RMT members on the picket line at Bournemouth were keeping warm and expressing their determined mood with the song 'Never cross a picket line.' They said they were getting support from people who were concerned about the safety of rail travel.

One picket said they wanted the assurance of a safety-critical guard which would guarantee accessibility for disabled and vulnerable people.

The guards are performing a function only a guard can do almost on a daily basis. Particularly on the late shift, many passengers on the Bournemouth line would have to alight at unmanned stations and some of them need the help of the guard.

Jane Ward, Hull

The strike was well supported throughout the week. A particular feature of the strikes was the support from the passing public.

Many of them linked the cuts to the guards on trains to other cuts, in particular in the NHS.

Socialist Party members supported the strike on all of the days and sold 17 copies of the Socialist to striking RMT members and members of the public.

Mick Whale



http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/26735




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

triangle16 Feb No fudge with the right wing

triangle14 Feb Czechoslovakia 1968: 'Prague Spring' challenges Stalinism

triangle14 Feb Oxfam scandal: we need democratic aid and working class solidarity

triangle14 Feb Uni strike: coordinate public sector fightback

triangle14 Feb Haringey protests HDV - but Labour fails to kill it off completely

triangle14 Feb Building support for Corbyn's anti-cuts policies in the local...

triangle8 Feb Teachers strike again as anti-academy pressure mounts

More ...

WHAT'S ON

triangle19 Feb Leeds Socialist Party: How long can May cling on for?

triangle20 Feb Manchester Socialist Students: 200 years of Marxism

triangle21 Feb Salford Socialist Party: A socialist look at the Vietnam War

triangle21 Feb York Socialist Party: Britain in 2018

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: 0191 421 6230

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

What we Stand For

About the Socialist Party

Our 2015 election manifesto

Joining the Socialist Party - what will it mean for you

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999