WORKERS ON Arriva trains have announced ten more strike days in their ongoing fight for decent pay. RMT members are setting the agenda with selected strike action. The 690 conductors will strike on 28 June, 13 July, 25 August, 21 September, 19 October, 9 November, 14 December, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Their next strike day is on Friday 28 June. Supporters are invited to their mass picket at Leeds station.
On Saturday 13 July a delegation of strikers will join the Durham Miners' Gala. Arriva workers have held 13 solid strike days so far. Workers are asking to be brought in line with other train conductors, like ScotRail workers, who are on £17,900 basic pay.
In an attempt to try to starve the workers into submission Arriva bosses have imposed an overtime ban, causing hundreds of train cancellations. The company has pulled union representatives off TUC courses, including health and safety training.
After 11 strike days the bosses upped their pay offer to 4 percent. This offer was rejected. Now the bosses refuse to meet union representatives. The Arriva strikes remain solid.
The fight against low pay has sparked an increase in RMT recruitment. However, selective action has not delivered the decisive victory the strikers deserve. An escalation of the strike needs to be argued for and won. Action that brings Arriva trains to a complete standstill can force Arriva to pay up.
Donations to strike fund are urgently needed. Send c/o RMT, Unity House, Chalton Street, London NW1 1JO.