RAIL WORKERS on First North Western trains (FNW) have won a victory. They called off a series of strikes planned for this week after the 1,000 workers won a pay rise of 3.5 percent. RMT members also won a 35-hour week by September 2003 as part of a three-year deal. These issues have been the subject of negotiations since 1999. The threat of strikes made the difference.
ARRIVA RAIL workers are set to strike on Wednesday 21 August. The RMT members on Arriva trains have been involved in strike action for seven months in their fight for fair pay.
Send donations and messages of support for the rail strikers to RMT, Unity House, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1.
PAT SIKORSKI from the RMT No 3 Camden branch has won the election for the assistant general secretary of the RMT union. His victory reflects the continued shift of the union that was seen with the election of Bob Crow as general secretary.