Drivers on ScotRail struck on Tuesday of this week as part of an escalating campaign over pay. Management arrogance in refusing to come up with a serious offer for the drivers has hardened the mood of strikers. Mick Rix, general secretary of the Aslef union, which represents most ScotRail drivers, has authorised 11 more one-day strikes.
Each of the strikes so far has cancelled 100 percent of ScotRail services. Escalating action on ScotRail is exactly the way to deal with the company. It may take serious moves to indefinite strike action to force it to pay up. The further strikes on ScotRail come as guards and retail grades on Arriva, which runs trains in the north of England, announce new strike dates.
They are set to strike on Thursday of next week, and Friday and Saturday the week after. Members of the TSSA union are again pledged to strike alongside those in the RMT union. The action on ScotRail is one sign of how drivers can be won to taking action on Arriva.
A call by Aslef leaders on drivers not to take out trains with scab managers acting as guards would hit Arriva hard. Workers on the Docklands Light Railway in London in the RMT union are also set to strike for 24 hours from Monday evening next week.
Workers who put up the posters on the tube have voted for action. Each of these disputes can win, as the recent victory over drivers' pay on London Underground shows. And all of these disputes are feeding calls from rail workers across Britain for national action to win back national negotiations over pay and conditions.