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The Socialist 25 August 2021

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Afghanistan in crisis:

Afghanistan: The Taliban takeover - what are the lessons for the workers' movement internationally


NHS Pay

UK hospitals in danger of collapse

University of Leeds students bribed to stay away while staff are under attack

Exam results: grade gap widens


Lessons from Poplar 100 years on


NEU: Oppose the pay freeze with action not just words

Care workers struggle for a pay rise and trade union recognition

Reject the Ministry of Justice pay offer

East Midlands rail strikes continue

Homelessness workers fight for better pay and conditions across sector

Woolwich ferry strikers - the action necessary to win

Liverpool university strike saves jobs


Nigeria: Comrade Omomeewa, student leader and socialist campaigner, killed by armed assailants

SNP-Green deal will not deliver for workers and youth

Reflections on the Lebanese tragedy one year on


Biggest in-person socialist event this year!

Ealing by-election: Labour council has not opposed Tory cuts

Why I rejoined the Socialist Party

Councils declared climate emergency - now act like it!

Wales: Gearing up for 9 October youth marches

Liverpool: Stop the arms fair!

Marching for Kashmir's liberation

Donate to stop Tories clawing back crumbs


Film Review: Martin Eden

TV review: Revolutionary Love

 
 
 
 
 

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East Midlands rail strikes continue

Photo: Clare Wilkins

Photo: Clare Wilkins   (Click to enlarge)

Clare Wilkins, Nottingham Socialist Party

RMT senior conductors and train managers took strike action again on Sunday 15 and 22 August on East Midland Railways (EMR) and Intercity. The action was solid and well supported with picket lines at Nottingham, Derby and Kettering stations on 22 August.

Steve Hedley, RMT assistant general secretary, was at the picket line at Kettering on 15 August, where for the second week of the Intercity safety dispute a manager tried to intimidate relatively new RMT reps.

The dispute with EMR, over reduced pay and revised contracts for new starters and the associated safety concerns that flow from that, is in its fifteenth week. The re-ballot two weeks ago was overwhelmingly won. EMR management has refused to talk to the union, saying that it will enter talks if the strikes are called off. This weekend though, there are indications that some managers are keen to try to settle the disputes and to head off a brewing dispute with station staff. Unusually, managers have been instructed to give RMT reps all the time off they need to attend a series of workshops across sectors of the workforce to discuss the issues.

It is understood that at least some of the management want to settle the disputes before a substantial meeting with the Department for Transport (DfT) in October.

Once again, replacement buses were operating instead of more than 50% of the trains, and managers were being called in to run others.

This was the third week of action in the Intercity safety dispute.

There have been questions about what the DfT is doing now that it supposedly controls the rail network again. Although a meeting of franchise companies indicates that they expect to maintain the running of services.

The Scotrail dispute continues and safety issues link all the disputes and concerns on other networks. There is talk that disputes could see the whole railway engulfed in strike action and that the DfT would be forced to intervene. There is also widespread recognition that the RMT is being taken on because it is strong and that this is as much an attack on the union as it is on the members.

There have been safety incidents on both train routes due to lack of route knowledge by managers acting as train managers and senior conductors. Train doors were open on the wrong side of the train at one station (Intercity) and all doors opened at a short platform station at another (EMR). RMT are compiling a dossier of incidents for the Rail Safety Regulator.

Nottingham Socialist Party joined the picket line at Nottingham, on both Sundays, and the pickets once again welcomed our support.

There is further strike action every Sunday until the end of September on EMR and ongoing on Intercity.


In this issue


What we think

Afghanistan disaster - Unite to fight for funding for refugees and local communities


Afghanistan

Afghanistan in crisis:

Afghanistan: The Taliban takeover - what are the lessons for the workers' movement internationally


News

NHS Pay

UK hospitals in danger of collapse

University of Leeds students bribed to stay away while staff are under attack

Exam results: grade gap widens


Lessons from Poplar 100 years on

Lessons from Poplar 100 years on


Workplace news

NEU: Oppose the pay freeze with action not just words

Care workers struggle for a pay rise and trade union recognition

Reject the Ministry of Justice pay offer

East Midlands rail strikes continue

Homelessness workers fight for better pay and conditions across sector

Woolwich ferry strikers - the action necessary to win

Liverpool university strike saves jobs


International

Nigeria: Comrade Omomeewa, student leader and socialist campaigner, killed by armed assailants

SNP-Green deal will not deliver for workers and youth

Reflections on the Lebanese tragedy one year on


Campaigns

Biggest in-person socialist event this year!

Ealing by-election: Labour council has not opposed Tory cuts

Why I rejoined the Socialist Party

Councils declared climate emergency - now act like it!

Wales: Gearing up for 9 October youth marches

Liverpool: Stop the arms fair!

Marching for Kashmir's liberation

Donate to stop Tories clawing back crumbs


Readers' opinion

Film Review: Martin Eden

TV review: Revolutionary Love


 

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