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Tube worker: ‘We are fighting for safety’

by Unjum Mirza, Left List candidate for the London assembly
Issue No. 2095

Tube workers on London Underground are fighting for a decent, safe and affordable public transport system for the capital. Everyone should support us.

Our management – backed up by London mayor Ken Livingstone – wants to shut down ticket offices, replace trained station staff with security guards and agency workers, and reduce safety across the network.

Members of the RMT and TSSA tube unions have voted massively for strikes over these issues. The unions have called three days of strikes set to begin on Sunday of this week.

The strike vote has already forced management into holding more talks with the union, which were continuing as Socialist Worker went to press.

Gordon Brown, Livingstone and the tube bosses all want to weaken the unions and push through these measures, alongside more privatisation schemes that will make taking the tube an even worse experience.

The Left List is the only organisation standing in the 1 May elections that supports London Underground workers in their fight for safety on the tube, good pay and conditions, and a decent, publicly owned tube system.

Everyone who shares those goals should back our fight on the tube, and the Left List’s fight in the London elections.

Unjum Mirza is the branch secretary of Stratford Number 1 branch of the RMT. He writes in a personal capacity

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Tue 1 Apr 2008, 19:27 BST
Issue No. 2095
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