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From the trains to the ferries

Issue No. 2281

In some areas, transport workers were an integral part of the strike.

The public transport system ground to a halt across Northern Ireland.

Jimmy Kelly, regional organiser for the Unite union, told Socialist Worker, “We have been brought to a situation where our members are really declaring that enough is enough.”

And members of the RMT transport workers’ union delivered “rock-solid strike action” on the Tyne and Wear Metro. It led to a “total shutdown” of trains and ferries in the north east.

RMT members also struck on the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships that supply the navy.

Ferries across the Mersey were closed by the strike, as were both the tunnels under the river.

Probation staff in the Napo union took action across the country too. They had a strong presence on demonstrations including Worthing, where the probation office was closed, and Lowestoft where they formed a picket line in front of the police station.

Unison members picketed the Tamebridge House transport engineering workshops for West Midlands Fire Service in Birmingham.

One striker said, “We are the only workshops across the whole of the West Midlands maintaining fire engines.

“We are on strike to protect our pensions and future generations. Millions on strike will send the government a strong message that together we can win.”

Unison members at the Queens Cross Housing Association in Glasgow were balloted because they are still on the local government pension scheme. Unite members weren’t balloted, but a large number of them refused to cross picket lines.

And TV licensing workers in the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) took their third strike day over pay at Capita, which has offices in Bristol and Darwen, Lancashire.

“More pickets have turned out than last time—including new members who only joined the union last night,” said Darwen CWU rep Alan West.

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Thu 1 Dec 2011, 12:30 GMT
Issue No. 2281
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