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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 June 2015

Workplace news in brief

Tube ballot

The RMT, Aslef, Tssa and Unite unions are to ballot London Underground workers who face a two year pay cut and imposed night working.

All four unions are saying enough is enough, as staff already working intensive shift patterns are being told they will have to work all night and work more weekends. And the reward? A real term pay cut over two years. Our reasonable demands are a decent pay offer, a shorter working week and no job cuts.

Station workers will also be balloted separately to take action against almost 900 job losses.

We are fighting not only for our members but for the public as well. We want a fully staffed tube, otherwise it will be unsafe to use. Assaults on staff are already up 44% since the beginning of the cuts.

We make no apologies for wanting to defend our members' pay. All workers in London should be on our scale of pay as a minimum. If they get away with cutting the pay of the best organised workers, they will come gunning for other workers.

John Reid, RMT executive member

DLR strike

Interserve employees working on the DLR striking on 27 May 2015, photo by Rob Williams

Interserve employees working on the DLR striking on 27 May 2015, photo by Rob Williams   (Click to enlarge)

Up to 30 RMT members were on the picket at the Poplar depot of London's Docklands Light Railway (DLR) on 27 May as the union started a 48-hour strike.

The pickets stood either side of the road in a fantastic show of strength by low-paid Interserve cleaners and security staff over pay and working conditions.

One picket told the Socialist: "This strike has been coming for a long time. This work should be all brought back in-house. Companies like Interserve bid too low for the contract and then try and take it out on us. We're not giving in."

Rob Williams

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Victory for Kone strikers!

Glasgow council concedes over pay grading

Network Rail forced to make new offer

PCS members rally in Trafalgar Square

Bromley anti-privatisation action continues

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International socialist news and analysis

Spain: left 'popular unity' lists win key victories

Britain: end deportations - solidarity needed

Chile: 200,000 protest in Santiago

Hong Kong: refugee campaign victory


Readers' comment

Mental health services gutted by Labour cuts

How the unemployed are targeted with sanctions

Human rights hypocrisy


 

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