Rail unions

Fantasy Union of Rail and Transport Workers

What kind of union do we need? There are strengths and weaknesses in our current union set-up. Union officials will often have you believe that things can only be done the way they are done, because ... well, because they have always been done that way. We do not agree. We have several criticisms of the existing rail unions, so it is only fair that we set out in more positive terms what our ideal union might look like. Let's call it the Fantasy Union of Rail and Transport Workers (FURT). Some of the good things about this fantasy union could be put in place by changes in rules and ways of...

Night Tube strikes from 26 November

Rail union RMT has again announced strikes over Night Tube “grade consolidation”. Management are intent on destroying work-life balance and bumping up dangerous fatigue-inducing shift patterns in order to save themselves some cash. The first 24-hour strike is on 26 November, followed by strikes during Night Tube hours every Friday-Saturday until 17-18 December, with a further 24-hour strike on 18 December. All existing Night Tube lines (Central, Victoria, Jubilee, Northern, and Piccadilly lines) are striking on 26 November and 18 December; the two reopening now (Central and Victoria) will be...

Farringdon station staff vote for strikes

Station staff at Farringdon have voted for industrial action over the imposition of a new CSA roster that will increase extreme shifts and weekend working.

The ballot returned a 95% majority for action on a 62% turnout, a clear indication that workers won’t accept their conditions being driven...

Reviewing the ScotRail dispute

In this contribution, an RMT rep looks back on the recent ScotRail dispute. We welcome additional contributions to the discussion.




When its AGM unanimously accepted a drastically improved pay offer from ScotRail on the eve of COP26, it came as the first major victory RMT's efforts to bust the...

RMT calls strikes of drivers on Night Tube lines

RMT has called strikes in its dispute to stop the consolidation of train operator grades. LU wants to merge the Night Tube duties, currently worked by a dedicated grade of driver, into the full-time rosters, offering full-time drivers a shift supplement to work them.

Although part-time drivers...

Diary of a Tube worker: When women drivers avoid the messroom

“She was alright... you’d never know that was his daughter, would you?”. I am not sure what I have walked into as I step into the mess room at the start of my shift. D adds “Yeah, but you look at who we have now and it is no one even worth looking at”. I look round at the group of men in their 50s and think I probably know what this conversation is. I am fairly sure I don’t want to. “Yeah, dolly bird, big tits, face like a slapped arse down the other end”. “Oh yeah, I know the one, she won’t even smile at you, though”, K adds. “Let’s not do this”, I suggest. “There really is no reason for you...

Off The Rails November 21 - After Scotrail win, step up strikes!

In this month's Off The Rails, Scotrail reps respond to RMT's pay win and warn of fights to come. With Caledonian Sleeper staff still striking, and attacks coming our way all over the UK, OTR urges rail workers to seize the momentum and step up strikes.

Cally Sleeper workers vote for further strikes

Workers on the Caledonian Sleeper, the overnight train which runs between London and various destinations in Scotland, currently operated by Serco, have voted by an 86% majority for further strikes, and by an 88% majority for further action short of a strike, on a 61% turnout in their latest...

Aslef members vote 98.8% for action

STOP PRESS, 8 NOVEMBER:

Aslef's ballot has returned a thumping 98.8% majority, on a 67% turnout. That's a massive mandate, and a clear indication that Aslef members are prepared to take action.

As we argue below, Aslef now needs to use the mandate. If we wait for LU to impose detrimental...

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