DRIVERS ON First North Western were set to strike this weekend as they resumed action over pay. This follows the rejection of a terrible offer from their management. Strikes would hit the company hard in the run-up to Christmas and could coincide with action on two other rail companies.
Non-driving grades on Arriva Trains Northern have set four strike dates for later this month - 21, 23 and 24 December and 3 January. The company hopes to ride out the action in the ongoing dispute, which began 11 months ago.
The RMT union is considering a proposed package for station and retail grades who have been taking action alongside guards throughout this year. One Arriva RMT member told Socialist Worker, 'What's needed now is financial support in the run-up to Christmas.
'There's discussion to be had about the strategy we pursue. But all that means nothing unless we get the donations in to sustain people who have lost thousands of pounds through this dispute.' Another group of rail workers, drivers on Wales and Borders Trains, were also set to strike for 48 hours this weekend.
They voted for two 48-hour stoppages before Christmas, following the breakdown of negotiations with management over pay and conditions. Members of the train drivers' Aslef union say they will walk out on Saturday 14 December and Sunday 15 December. A further two-day strike is set for one week later.
Aslef drivers have already withdrawn rest-day working in the dispute. Their vote for strike action was 87 percent.
Donations to the Arriva strike fund are urgently needed. Send c/o RMT, Unity House, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD.