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Issue No. 1691

Rail workers

THE DISPUTE over sacked London rail driver Sarah Friday is set to spread. The RMT rail union executive has agreed to ballot drivers and guards throughout South West Trains (SWT) as part of the campaign to get Sarah Friday her job back. Sarah was sacked on trumped up charges. Around 150 of Sarah's workmates took their second day of strike action last Friday.

The action succeeded again in tying up trains, both commuter and intercity, running in and out of Waterloo. SWT bosses, in a desperate attempt to undermine the dispute, launched a personal attack on Sarah last week. But train crews know that this issue goes wider than just one individual. Union organisation and the ability to fight the bosses' attacks are at stake. As one striking Waterloo driver said, "Every driver and guard at South West Trains is harassed and intimidated."

Waterloo RMT branch secretary Greg Tucker says that campaigning is under way to win the vote for action at other SWT rail depots through the south of England. "We are going to tell people that if they want to stop the bullying, the victimisation and the heavy workloads then they should vote yes in this ballot." The other depots to be balloted are Wimbledon Park, Strawberry Hill, Staines, Woking, Guildford, Basingstoke, Fratton, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Farnham.

  • Reinstate Sarah Friday rally, Wednesday 12 April, 5.30pm-7pm, Lower Marsh, outside Waterloo Station. 
    All welcome. 
    Bring your banners and messages of support. 
    For more details phone 020 7582 2955

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Sat 8 Apr 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1691
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