CRAIG JOHNSON from the Arriva trains strike committee received a standing ovation when he addressed the RMT union's national conference two weeks ago. He spoke the day before the train company was brought to a halt by a one-day strike.
The strike is one of a series of stoppages in the ongoing dispute on Arriva trains. Johnson, along with other RMT reps, has been threatened with disciplinary action by management for speaking out.
Strikers' anger has intensified following reports that the government, through its Strategic Rail Authority, has told Arriva not to come up with an offer that could settle the pay dispute. The next strike day on Arriva trains has been set for Saturday 13 July.
Donations to the Arriva strike fund are urgently needed. Send c/o RMT, Unity House, Chalton Street, London NW1.
BALLOT PAPERS went out to RMT members on London Underground at the beginning of this week for a strike over the safety implications of privatisation.
Activists say there is a strong mood for action, and are expecting the union to call a strike for 17 July-the day council workers across Britain could be on strike over pay.
PAT SIKORSKI from the RMT's Camden No 3 branch on London Underground is standing for election to the number two job in the union.
Activists who want to see the union continue to reject partnership with New Labour are campaigning for him and finding a good response from union members.