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Transport news round-up

05 August 2014
Reinstate Sodexho rep Petrit Mihaj | Cleaners strikes at London St Pancras and East Coast rail | RMT votes on new general secretary

Barnsley marchers vote for a new Freedom Ride

22 July 2014
Over 100 elderly and disabled people braved the rain in Barnsley last Saturday to march through the town chanting slogans and singing songs.

Safety concerns over scabbing on Tube

08 July 2014
Workers have raised severe safety concerns as Tube bosses waste millions of pounds of public money in an effort to beat a strike.

Cheers outside court in Sheffield for arrested Freedom Ride pensioners

08 July 2014
Well over 250 people gathered outside Sheffield Magistrates Court on Monday of this week.

First Group workers in Glasgow reject bosses' miserly pay offer

01 July 2014
Strikes at Glasgow’s largest bus operator First Group over pay took a step closer after workers rejected paltry pay offers from bosses.

Tube talks show London Underground bosses still plan job and pay cuts

01 July 2014
London Underground bosses are reneging on promises to protect workers’ salaries and their location of work—part of a deal struck to call off Tube strikes in May.

Support grows for South Yorkshire freedom riders after police violence at protest

25 June 2014
Support has flooded in for freedom ride protesters in Barnsley after police arrested two protesters on Monday of this week.

Heathrow Express workers walk out

24 June 2014
Workers in the RMT union at Heathrow Express struck for two days last week against bosses’ multi-million pound package of cuts. It led to the closure of the prestigious Terminal Five transport hub.

Pensioners and disabled people 'appalled' at police violence on freedom ride protest

24 June 2014
Northern Rail Transport Police turned to violence to try and break protests by pensioners and disabled people in South Yorkshire this week.

Lorry drivers walk off job

24 June 2014
Some 200 lorry drivers based at Haydock, St Helens, struck for two hours on Friday of last week over pension changes.

Mixed fleet backs strikes at British Airways

24 June 2014
A group of workers at British Airways (BA) has voted by 95 percent for strikes over pay in a consultative ballot. The Unite union members work in the “mixed fleet”. 

Angry walkouts at Transport for London make unions bigger

17 June 2014
More than 1,000 workers at Transport for London (TfL) struck for 24 hours on Friday of last week over attacks on pay and pensions.

Commonwealth Games faces transport disruption

17 June 2014
Transport workers in Glasgow are balloting for strikes which could see serious disruption ahead of the Commonwealth Games next month.

Transport workers round-up

10 June 2014
TfL set for joint pay strike | Virgin West Coast cleaners | Heathrow Express

Freedom riders defy the cops in Tour de South Yorkshire

10 June 2014
Over 100 Freedom Riders from all over South Yorkshire travelled by train to Meadowhall in Sheffield on Monday of this week.

Join the Freedom Rides' Tour de South Yorkshire

03 June 2014
About 40 campaigners lobbied Barnsley Council on Thursday of last week demanding that free travel for older people be reinstated.

Transport news round-up

27 May 2014
Optare, a Leeds-based supplier to some of Britain’s biggest bus and coach companies, strike. TfL Dial-a-Ride workers to strike. London Underground power workers settle their dispute for more talks. Catering workers to walk out on East Midlands trains. Tyne and Wear metro strike suspended.

Travel campaigners vow to ride on after bosses pass some concessions

20 May 2014
Over 200 people marched through the centre of Barnsley last Saturday against the withdrawal of free travel for disabled and older people. The four South Yorkshire Labour-run councils’ decision has sparked outrage and weeks of Freedom Ride protests, where hundreds of people travel on trains and refuse to pay.

First ever walkout hits TfL as workers strike over pay and pensions

13 May 2014
More than 1,000 workers struck at Transport for London (TfL) on Friday of last week against attacks on their pay and pensions.

South Yorkshire Labour councils buckling over Freedom Ride protests

13 May 2014
Up to 150 people joined an angry protest at Barnsley rail station on Monday of this week to demand free train travel for older people.

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