LOW PAID rail workers on Arriva Trains Northern have stuck two fingers up to management. Union reps told Socialist Worker that last week's 48-hour strike by 360 retail and station staff over pay was solid, and strengthened by new recruits to the union. 'That's in the face of management intimidation and claims that we are not getting anywhere,' said one worker.
Members of the TSSA union did not strike, as their action was called off to consider a new 4 percent offer from management. But on Friday they joined RMT members in rejecting that offer. TSSA is now 'liasing with RMT regarding further industrial action'. In a parallel dispute Arriva conductors in the RMT union struck for 24 hours on Saturday and are to strike again this Friday.
'The action was again absolutely solid,' one conductor told Socialist Worker. 'We have shown we can sustain the strikes, which have been going on now for a couple of months. We also need to be looking at how we can hit the company even harder and win this clearly.'
Donations to the strike fund are urgently needed. Send c/o RMT, Unity House, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD.