The TSSA rail workers’ union conference took place last week as strike ballot papers were about to go out to all TSSA and RMT members on the railways over pensions.
The decision by the Aslef train drivers’ union not to ballot its members showed no sign of breaking the unprecedented unity between TSSA and the RMT.
Conference supported the union leaders’ decision to issue the ballot. There was no argument from the conference against the decision. RMT leader Bob Crow spoke at this year’s conference to commit to a united stand in the dispute. He received a standing ovation.
In the aftermath of New Labour’s local election disaster, Mitch Tovey from Virgin Midlands argued and won a clear majority to demand that Blair should be replaced as soon as possible.
Steph Owens from Merseyrail Electric moved and won a crucial motion to affiliate to the campaign group Abortion Rights.
TSSA reconfirmed its support for the Stop the War Coalition. It also unanimously supported Tony Benn’s call for a war crimes investigation.
A fringe meeting also brought delegates closer to the social movement’s successes in Bolivia. There was a fantastically exciting report from Felicity Premru who had just returned from a multi-union delegation organised by the Bolivia Solidarity Campaign.
Network Rail operations staff have voted to hold a strike ballot over pay.