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Network Rail safety failings led to the deaths of two workers

Network Rail safety failings led to the deaths of two workers A report into the deaths of two rail workers in July 2019 has revealed wholly avoidable safety failures.

Cash out—change at the top of the RMT union

Cash out—change at the top of the RMT union The RMT union’s annual general meeting (AGM) saw the resignation of the general secretary after a rebuff by delegates.

Fighting Serco on the Caledonian Sleeper and over Birmingham jobs

Fighting Serco on the Caledonian Sleeper and over Birmingham jobs Workers on the Caledonian Sleeper overnight train service staged a solid 48-hour strike from Sunday, to demand bosses take health and safety seriously.

Struggle on Serco’s Caledonian Sleeper + Heathrow strike vote + Bus drivers fight sign on scheme + Yodel pay

Struggle on Serco’s Caledonian Sleeper + Heathrow strike vote + Bus drivers fight sign on scheme + Yodel pay Railway workers began their first 48-hour strike for safe working conditions on the Caledonian Sleeper last Sunday.

Fightback can ground major attacks at Heathrow airport

Fightback can ground major attacks at Heathrow airport Important disputes are on at Heathrow Airport Limited, Menzies, and Heathrow Express

Action needed over rail safety threats

Action needed over rail safety threats Transport workers are gearing up for huge battles across the network, as the Tories try to fill buses and trains to reopen the economy.

Rail strike call over plan for ‘volunteers’

01 June 2020
The government has revealed an outrageous plan to use volunteers on the rail network, and unions have responded with a threat of strikes.

Outsourcer Mitie uses crisis to take away Merseyrail pay award

21 April 2020
The RMT union has blasted Merseyrail station cleaning and facilities’ contractor Mitie for using the cover of the Covid-19 crisis to withdraw a pay award.

Letters—Is HS2 good news for planet or environmental disaster?

10 February 2020
The development of railways is needed to take cars and much lorry traffic off heavily-polluting, CO2-creating, dangerous roads.

Big vote for more strikes on South Western Railway

28 January 2020
Further strikes are planned on South Western Railway (SWR) after workers voted overwhelmingly for more action.

Scrap HS2 and take rail off the fat cats

27 January 2020
A new report laid bare the growing chaos behind the the HS2 project, just as Northern Rail hits the buffers

Metro strike wins new offer

07 January 2020
Workers on the Tyne and Wear Metro delivered a bloody nose to bosses

New attack on right to strike, but workers can derail the Tories

16 December 2019
Privateering prime ­minister Boris Johnson was set to announce plans to attack workers’ rights in the queen’s speech this week.

Workers determined as rail strikes enter second week

10 December 2019
“We’re not giving up” was the defiant message from train strikers entering their second week of walkouts on Monday.

HS2—the high speed rail that’s a slow speed fail

02 August 2019
As Boris Johnson plans HS3 in the north, Sarah Bates says the Tories’ high speed rail projects are about one thing only—making money for the bosses

Questions raised about safety of rail system after two workers die on tracks

03 July 2019
Two rail workers died on Wednesday after being struck by a Great Western Railway train on tracks near Port Talbot in south Wales.

Virgin rail smash and grab

16 April 2019
Richard Branson’s Virgin Group will have trousered £306 million in dividends from Virgin Trains by the time the franchise finishes operations within the next year.

Overground strikes unite

02 April 2019
Two groups of workers were set to strike on the London Overground this week.

Determined strikes win gains at Northern rail

12 February 2019
Striking train guards were celebrating last week after bosses caved in to their demands about safety

Strike at Northern Rail as Tories give bung to train giant

08 January 2019
Guards working for Northern rail struck against the implementation of driver only operation (DOO) trains for the 43rd time on Saturday.

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