On Saturday 19th October, around 50 people attended a protest outside Whitechapel Underground station in protest at the plans to permanently close the ticket office when the station undergoes refurbishment as part of the Crossrail project. The protest was organised by the East Ham Branch of the RMT – I am their Branch Secretary. Members from across the country, from all grades – shipping to management – came and offered their support, handing out leaflets to the public, gathering petition signatures and making lots of noise.
In the spirit of revolutionary Cuba, RMT young members are spearheading an anti McNulty demo prior to the Cuba Solidarity Garden Party.
The general secretary and assistant general secretaries have all confirmed their attendance.
Bring banners, flags, whistles etc to Kings Cross Station.
RMT review on WHY THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD REJECT THE MCNULTY REPORT attached
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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.
Wednesday, 10 April 2013.
Senate House Malet St, London, Greater London WC1E 7HU (nearest tube Russell square/ Euston/ Goodge street)
The University of London Union has been big supporters of the RMT Justice for the 33 Campaign and RMT cleaners time to show some solidarity back.
Join the RMT demonstration, 1300, Monday 7th January, Wembley Central Station.
LU must employ Trainpeople Agency workers permanently! Dump the agency, employ the workers!
Bring flags, banners, etc. LU must be forced to take notice of LU and agency staff working together for justice.
LU inherited a contract with the Trainpeople agency from Silverlink in 2007. In breach of agreements with unions, for five years LU continued to use agency staff in LU uniforms to meet their staffing needs while Trainpeople paid them as little as £6.75 per hour.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union held a protest outside the Ugandan embassy in London over the governments plan to introduce a new law known as the 'Kill the Gays Bill.' If this bill is enacted, Uganda would be one of the legally most discriminatory places for sexual minorities in the world.
RMT members handed out hundreds of leaflets in Trafalgar square and helped to spread awareness of LGBT Ugandan's plight to thousands more with flags and banners which caught the attention of many passers-by. Several people approached us to voice there support for LGBT Ugandan's and disgust at what the government there is planning.
Attached is a joint leaflet for your consideration and circulation.
On October the 20th 2012, what were you doing?
I was at a protest holding a banner whilst trying to tweet- a pretty difficult thing to do!
RMT young members played a key role in organising for the demonstration against austerity and to promote all this hard work I was snapping the moment and sharing with the world. Little did I know I had gained a new follower all the way up in Scotland and he too was a RMT young member who had not been involved with the young members group but was at the Glasgow demo.
An interesting article from The Institute of Employment Rights on a topic which was much discussed at the Global Labour Institute Summer School 2012 which some RMT young members attended.
Days of Action: http://www.ier.org.uk/blog/days-action
"As the TUC opens its discussion for 2012, this IER Briefing from Keith Ewing and John Hendy argues that increased protest action against government austerity measures are defendable in Court with reference to the European Convention on Human Rights.
'Demonstration against Condor Ferries who pay workers £2.35/hour; 12hr days, 3 months at sea.
In your opinion do you think it is fair for an employer operating between Portsmouth and the channel islands to pay £2.35 per hour for workers employed on these vessels for 12 hours per day for up to 3 months away??