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Rail strikes set to shunt bosses

Issue No. 2145

Around 100 train conductors in the RMT union working at London Midland depots at Bletchley, Northampton and Watford are set to strike for two days from Sunday.

The union took action on 13 and 16 March over company attempts to pressure staff into working Sundays. It cancelled strikes planned for this week following legal threats by the company.

Meanwhile, strikes planned for Monday of this week by RMT members at First Capital Connect and National Express East Anglia were suspended.

Workers had voted to strike after both firms failed to provide assurances that there would be no compulsory redundancies. The union says 'significant progress' has been made on the issues.

Tube worker victimised

Workers on London Underground are outraged after management moved a black woman union rep from her place of work after a white manager accused her of 'racial harassment'.

Elaine Holness's case is the most ludicrous example of what the RMT union claims is a swathe of victimisations. Elaine is a longstanding anti‑racist campaigner and vigorously denies the accusations.

RMT organiser Steve Hedley, told Socialist Worker, 'I have written to Gerry Duffy, the head of human resources, saying that this is a malicious allegation. We need to get the facts out into the open about this disgraceful case.'

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