Socialist Worker

Transport workers' round up

Issue No. 2399

Tube jobs under attack

London Underground (LU) bosses are threatening 1,800 frontline jobs with downgrading and pay cuts for many more.

The plans come after weeks of talks between LU and the RMT. The union called off its second 48-hour strike in February to go into talks with bosses.

Bosses want to see a 400 percent rise in managers while reducing the number of workers by 38 percent. Many could be forced to work further from home and some are facing a £12,000 pay cut. 

The new deal is significantly worse than last year. It is clear that the strikes that were called off by RMT leaders for talks must now be put back on.

RMT reps were set to meet on Wednesday of this week.

Ballot over dismissals

RMT is balloting all grades of its members working for First Great Western for strikes and action short of a strike. 

This is against “the company’s harsh dismissals and disciplinary procedures”, the use of agency workers and zero hour contracts. The ballot ends on 22 April.

Action suspended at Traincare

A six-day strike by Northern Rail maintenance drivers working in Traincare depots over a company re-grading exercise was suspended on Thursday of last week for talks.

Pay threats at Heathrow Express

The results of a strike ballot of RMT members at Heathrow Express was due as Socialist Worker went to press.

Cuts mean almost half the workforce is threatened with redundancy. Workers who remain face a ten year pay freeze. Bosses also want train drivers to take on more roles.

Vote on Bombardier offer at Central Rivers

Production workers at Bombardier’s Central Rivers train maintenance depot in Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire, were voting on a new offer as Socialist Worker went to press.

The Unite members voted to postpone strikes against plans to make them work more of their shifts at night.

They went back to work on Wednesday of last week after a two week walkout.

A 12-week overtime ban continues. The action has caused disruption for Virgin and CrossCountry.


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