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Tube workers want say in any new deal

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Issue 2391

Tube workers’ unions the RMT and TSSA are set to enter seven weeks of talks with London transport bosses after calling off a 48-hour strike last week.

Tube workers brought London to a standstill two weeks ago and hit bosses hard with the first of two planned 48-hour strikes. 

Without this bosses would simply have imposed the cuts they want. But there is no guarantee that jobs will be saved from the talks.

Some Tube workers fear suspending the strike with no assurances over the loss of 1,000 jobs and the closure of ticket offices threw away the momentum.

London Bridge ticket seller Lynda told Socialist Worker, “We are organising to demand that a mass meeting of members discusses and decides if any deal is worth settling for.

“And we need regular mass meetings to update members on the talks. 

“We should name strike dates immediately following the negotiations to keep 

pressure on the bosses.”

Mark Harding

Mark Harding

Victimised RMT rep Mark Harding continues to receive support from trade unionists outraged at his arrest on a picket line during the recent Tube strike.

Mark is Hammersmith and City RMT branch secretary. After a complaint from a scab to police he was arrested for trying to defend a picket line. He was charged under Section 241 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act.

Mark’s bail conditions, which have since been overturned, banned him from his workplace and from taking part in any trade union activities.

His union branch voted to “use any and all means at our disposal to defend Mark, including an immediate industrial action ballot”. 

Mark is set to appear at Hammersmith Magistrates Court on Tuesday of next week. His supporters will meet at 9am, Hammersmith station (Hammersmith and City line)

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