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Train drivers set to strike in Wales

Issue No. 2240

Members of the Aslef train drivers’ union at Arriva Trains Wales are set to strike on Monday of next week over pay.

They will also cease to work any non-contractual overtime from Sunday. Some 70 percent of Aslef members voted for strikes and 80 percent for action short of strikes.

Though talks are continuing, the union is threatening to call further strikes of its 513 members.

Drivers in the RMT union struck solidly over pay on conditions on 27 December.

RMT and Aslef members must stand together to defeat the company.

Strikes off for talks

The RMT transport union last week called off strikes against the victimisation and sacking of two drivers, to allow talks to take place and to prepare a ballot of all London Underground drivers.

Bosses sacked Eamon Lynch, RMT Bakerloo Line drivers’ health and safety rep, and Arwyn Thomas, a union activist and driver at Morden. Their workmates have struck in their support.

Eamon remains on full pay following the union’s victory at an “interim relief” Employment Tribunal hearing.

Tribunals only grant interim relief where there is the clearest possible evidence that an employee has been dismissed on the grounds of their trade union activities.

Arwyn has also won an interim relief hearing at the Employment Tribunal.

RMT shows solidarity with Egyptian revolution

The London Underground engineering branch of the RMT union last week voted unanimously to support the continuing Egyptian revolution, after hearing a speech by Egyptian socialist Wassim Wagdy.

Wassim, who was in Cairo during the revolution, told the 35-strong branch meeting, “Nobody prepares you for how beautiful revolutions are.

“People were transformed in Tahrir Square. We hope that this is the beginning of a new society.”

Bob Crow, the RMT’s general secretary, also spoke, offering his and the union’s support for the Egyptian people’s fight.

In the discussion, Carol, a retired union member, said. “The most momentous event of my life was 1968. All the references in my life were to those revolts.

“But what has happened in Egypt is even more momentous. It has given me confidence to fight on until we have justice throughout the world.”

Bob Crow presented Wassim with a print of Pablo Picasso’s Dove, which Wassim pledged to take to the trade union centre in Cairo.

An emergency motion was passed calling for financial and other support for the Egyptians’ continuing fight and independent trade unions, and to mobilise for the biggest possible protest against the Tories on 26 March.

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Tue 22 Feb 2011, 17:52 GMT
Issue No. 2240
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