THE RMT came under intense pressure from New Labour and the TUC to end the South West Trains dispute before the election. As Socialist Worker went to press, the same pressure was mounting on the union to call off strikes on London Underground on Monday and Wednesday of next week.
TUC leader John Monks was due to meet RMT leaders this week. Activists in the RMT and ASLEF unions were organising to keep the pressure on for the strikes, which could wreck New Labour's plans to privatise the tube, to go ahead.
They were aiming to deliver the kind of solidarity between members of both unions that has made recent strikes on the tube so effective.
- Tube drivers in the RMT and ASLEF unions voted last week for strike action over the lack of rest facilities in outlying stations and depots.