WORKERS ON Arriva Trains Northern were asking for support as they prepared to strike again this week in their on-going battle over pay. Retail and station staff were to strike for 48 hours, followed by guards on Friday and Saturday. That follows a 48-hour strike last week.
'We remain absolutely determined to win this dispute, despite the fact that the number of days of strike action now means some of us are facing hardship,' one RMT union rep told Socialist Worker.
The RMT has set up a national hardship fund. Donations are needed to help sustain the Arriva dispute. There is no doubt the strikes are hitting management hard. 'We have forced them to cancel 90 percent of services when we have struck,' says one guard.
'Some people are talking about upping the strike action, and we are going to debate that,' says the RMT rep. Any escalation of the action would put further pressure on management.
Two mass pickets were planned for this week: Doncaster station on Friday, and Newcastle Central station on Saturday (followed by the Newcastle May Day march).
Send donations to Arriva strike fund, c/o RMT, Unity House, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JB.