Solidarity with other workers
RAIL UNION RMT today called for a halt to planned cuts to Network Rail budgets and staffing levels, and a programme of immediate investment and recruitment in maintenance and renewals, as the regulator, the Office of Rail Regulation, backed the unions case that the cuts are reducing passenger services to tatters.
The ORR, which also sets the Network Rail budget, said that “underspends” [ie cuts] on maintenance work, deferred plans to renew infrastructure, and other factors including engineering works overruns are leading to severe delays for both passenger and freight services.
From Anabela Hardwick of Save Earl's Court campaign
Here is a round up of the Save Earl's Court campaign's eventful morning at City Hall on Tuesday this week. We gathered at 10AM for photographs and Darren Johnson (Green), Nicky Gavron (Labour) and Stephen Knight (Lib Dem) all spoke about why stopping the demolitions is so important.
Then suddenly someone noticed that Boris Johnson was speaking to the press on the small piece of lawn by the side of the Assembly.
So we all ran, placards and banners in hand and flash mobbed him, interrupting his press call.
From RMT General Secretary Bob Crow
Tuesday 9th July, 2013 7:00pm
Committee Room 5, House of Commons
The Trade Union Co-ordinating Group, which comprises of ten trade unions (BFAWU, FBU, NAPO, NUJ, NUT, PCS, POA, RMT, UCU and URTU) and represents over one million trade unionists throughout the UK, have invited RMT members to listen to the concerns of unions, lawyers and campaigning groups in relation to the current issues facing workers.
From RMT General Secretary Bob Crow
The Law Commission is currently reviewing all legislation relating to taxi and private hire vehicles. Whilst this review, which officials claim is designed to simplify the legislation, could potentially deregulate the industry and as such is a threat to members’ livelihoods, it also presents us with a number of opportunities.
The interim statement of the Law Commission does not commit to legally defining plying for hire, however, it does acknowledge that a two-tier system must remain in place.
11am-5pm, Saturday June 29th, Camden Centre, Judd Street, London, WC1H 9JE (map.)
Speakers include Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, Billy Hayes, CWU general secretary and Steve Gillan, POA general secretary, and Tommy Sheridan from the Scottish Anti Bedroom Tax Federation.
Today’s attack on the Islamic centre in Muswell Hill was a barbaric act calculated to whip up division in the community. The London Transport Region of the RMT wholeheartedly condemns the attack on the centre and offers its full solidarity and support to the community which it serves. We call upon the trade union movement in London to lead a campaign of support and solidarity with the local Muslim community.
Representatives of RMT and Unite will be joining a 20 strong delegation of US Teamsters at a protest against union-busting outside the AGM of global transport giant National Express, tomorrow 9th May at 2pm at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG.
Coach and bus operator National Express has faced growing protests from US bus drivers who have accused the company of "anti-worker, anti-union" policies.
Two short videos: Check out the video of the RMT Youth supporting the Transport Workers Union of the United States Young Workers in its international workers day (May Day) protests.
Marches and occupations took place against outsourcing of workers and against union busting companies.
The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) and the UK-based National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport Workers (RMT) announced today that both unions have agreed to a "Trans-Atlantic Alliance," to cooperate on safety issues; launch joint campaigns targeting employers in-common; and advance a global strategy promoting the right of workers to organise unions and bargain to improve their working lives.
The alliance will send shivers down the spine of union-hostile operators like First Group and Stagecoach who have major operations in both the UK and north America.
These motions were passed at the LTRC in march 2013.
Thermal wear - Finsbury Park branch
"This region notes that London Underground’s uniform issue to front-line staff is not fit for purpose. Staff are issued with almost the same uniform, no matter what the weather conditions
are, all year round.