OVER 500 train drivers on North Western Trains, members of the ASLEF and RMT unions, have voted by 90 percent and 100 percent respectively to take strike action over this year's pay award, which is still outstanding from April. The company has offered 3.6 percent with strings. The national executive of ASLEF was to meet on Wednesday to decide what form of strike action to call. The RMT will then respond with the same action.
AROUND 100 people attended a lively meeting called by the rail unions in Bristol last week to campaign for public safety on the railways. Speakers from the RMT and ASLEF made it clear that the Paddington disaster was the result of privatisation and the greed of the private rail companies. They called for the rail industry to be taken back into public ownership. There was general agreement that New Labour's commitment to free market economics is putting profit before safety and that there needs to be a united campaign of rail workers, other trade unionists, passengers and victim support groups to fight for improved safety and for renationalisation.
Anyone interested in affiliating to the Rail Safety-Joint Trade Unions' Campaign in Bristol should ring 0117 9554614.