THE TSSA rail workers' conference took place with the Potters Bar crash very much in the delegates' minds. An emergency motion was carried which stated that the horrific accident was at least in part due to the contractual system of rail maintenance. It indicated the inherent lack of safety in the privatised rail industry.
Delegates showed their disaffection with New Labour by supporting motions against the Star Wars missile scheme, globalisation, and the government's inaction on landmines. Two motions expressing solidarity with the Palestinians were passed with the support of the union leadership.
An excellent fringe meeting on Palestine had almost a quarter of the delegates attending. A motion against Bush's war on terrorism was passed, including affiliation to the Stop the War Coalition.