Alstom workers strike to smash pay freeze

Posted in Off The Rails's blog on Tue, 01/12/2020 - 18:36,
Alstom picket line at Longsight depot

Alstom workers have launched a series of strikes, aiming to smash a pandemic pay freeze imposed by penny-pinching bosses.

The workers, who perform maintenance on rolling stock, struck at depots on Alstom's West Coast contract on 29-30 November, and will strike again on 3-4, 8-9, 13-14, 17-18, and 22-23 December. Workers at Alstom's Chester depot began a programme of industrial action short of strikes on 13 October, and will strike on 8-9 and 13-14 December.

Alstom management claim that a drop in their revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic means they can't afford to offer workers a pay increase. RMT's programme of strikes aims to force concessions.

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