RMT urges 17,000 staff at Network Rail to reject deal
The RMT union is encouraging some 17,000 workers to reject a final pay offer from Network Rail bosses.
Members in operations, maintenance, customer services and associated grades were balloted from Monday of this week.
The four-year deal means a pay cut this year from the zero percent offer, with an RPI rate of inflation for each of the next three years. There is also no commitment against compulsory redundancies past the end of 2015.
Subsidised travel for employees being offered is “nothing more than a card that can be purchased by any member of the travelling public” says the union.
The ballot closes on 24 March.
Meetings build pay campaign on London buses
The unite union has been holding a series of meetings among London bus drivers building the campaign for sector-wide negotiations. The meetings are taking place across London.
Some 20,000 drivers walked out in a series of strikes earlier this year that brought traffic in the capital to a standstill.
They struck against unequal pay that sees drivers earn over £3 an hour difference between companies and more than 80 different pay rates.
One Unite shop steward told Socialist Worker, “We have the support so we should keep the pressure on—we should call another strike.”
Meanwhile, drivers at Abellio are to be balloted for action this week in a separate dispute after bosses reneged on an agreed two-year pay deal.
Tube workers discuss "pitiful" offer
Pay talks on London Underground (LU) have reached a critical point according to workers’ RMT union.
Bosses are offering a real terms pay cut alongside a “pitiful” lump sum payment for night working which the RMT says it “has rejected as wholly unacceptable and an insult to members”.
RMT activists are set to meet on Monday of next week “to discuss the possibility of further industrial action on LU in relation to defending jobs, services and conditions”.
Strikers defend diabetic driver
Tube drivers struck in defence of a sacked colleague last week. Alex McGuigan was sacked after failing a breathalyser test but the RMT union said his diabetes resulted in a “false positive” result.