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More anger on the tracks

Issue No. 2181

Anti-privatisation campaigners have responded with anger at the decision to hand the running of the Tyne and Wear Metro to the Deutsche-Bahn company. Nexus, the publicly controlled operator of the Metro, confirmed plans for the takeover last week<span cla

Anti-privatisation campaigners have responded with anger at the decision to hand the running of the Tyne and Wear Metro to the Deutsche-Bahn company. Nexus, the publicly controlled operator of the Metro, confirmed plans for the takeover last week



Signal workers

Signalling staff in the Wales and the Marches area are set to strike for six days next week against the imposition of rosters at the South Wales Control Centre that is due to open in January.

The RMT transport union members voted by two to one against Network Rail’s attempts to impose an eight-hour roster over the existing 12-hour one.

They will strike from Monday to Saturday of next week.

The action will hit the South Wales Control Centre, Newport panel, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhymney Valley, Cardiff panel and Port Talbot panel.


Track maintenance

RMT union members protested outside a meeting of senior Network Rail bosses at a plush hotel in central London on Wednesday of last week.

Workers are furious that managers are meeting in luxurious surroundings while discussing huge spending cuts that have left essential safety maintenance staff facing the sack.

Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, said, “While 1,500 emergency track maintenance staff face the prospect of being slung on the dole this Christmas, their Network Rail bosses are strutting around in the five star luxury of the Langham Hotel. 



“The top bosses at Network Rail are making multi-billion cuts to the rail infrastructure with the maintenance jobs of RMT members in the firing line.

“Our members are furious and will not take this insult without a real fight.”


London Midland

Members of the RMT union are balloting for action at the London Midland train company in two separate disputes over pay and conditions of service and Sunday working.

The pay ballot covers all RMT members and follows a rejection of a series of staged pay offers for this year through to April 2011.

All staff, except conductors and drivers, are also balloting over Sunday working enhancements. The company used the anti-union laws to delay an earlier voting schedule. Voting in both ballots concludes on Thursday of next week.

The government has put London Midland under special measures for failing to deliver service.


Eurostar cleaners

Cleaners on the Eurostar trains at St Pancras International station in central London have accepted a new offer to settle their dispute with the Carlisle cleaning company.

The workers, who are members of the RMT transport union, struck for two days in October demanding decent pay, and an end to job cuts, the finger-printing machine they have to use to clock-in, and the victimisation of union rep Mohammed Yellow.

They struck solidly last month but then called off further action after Carlisle offered talks.

They won a pay increase of nearly 6 percent effective next year and another increase totalling nearly 10 percent over 13 months.

The company has agreed that the London Living Wage is the benchmark for future pay agreements.

An agreement has been reached on bullying and harassment of staff, to mitigate the redundancy programme, and to discuss pensions and sick pay in the next round of talks.

Matthew Cookson


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Tue 8 Dec 2009, 18:40 GMT
Issue No. 2181
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