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The Socialist 8 March 2017

We can save our NHS!

The Socialist issue 939

Demo shows battle to save the NHS can be won


Fight the cuts: Demand no-cuts council budgets

One million workers on zero-hour contracts

Tories to dodge rulings against disability benefit cut

MPs take 1k raise

Aristocrats to hold byelection for one of their 92 reps

TUSC supports Irish MPs' call on Corbyn


Struggling to care against a backcloth of cuts

1987 Zeebrugge disaster

The Socialist inbox


Historic demonstration in Barcelona in support of refugees

Support the Jobstown defendants: Defend the right to public protest

Build a movement to defeat Trump!


Second front in battle over driver-only operation opens on Northern Rail

Leaked document threatens jobs and conditions at Ford Bridgend

Bus drivers' strike: Huge anger at bosses' attacks

Deliveroo cedes ground in Brighton dispute

Striking for jobs and union recognition at Fujitsu

EHRC workers walk out

Workplace news in brief


Millions protest - now join the Socialist Party to fight to change the world

Why I joined: "I am a Labour Party member and I recently decided to join the Socialist Party"

Why I joined: "In those 16 pages of the Socialist I found more sense and integrity than in the mainstream media"

Why I joined: "I began to feel really exploited and to think about why"

Why I joined: "I hope that more and more people are going to join the Socialist Party and the fight to end inequality"


'Anti-union law' charges against trees protesters dropped

Sheffielders call for a no-cuts 'people's budget'

Hands off our Jobcentre!

Greater Manchester: patients are people not guinea pigs!

Bradford: Anti-cuts lobby against poor-bashing budget

Mary Creagh should resign not remain

 
 
 
 
 

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Second front in battle over driver-only operation opens on Northern Rail

RMT protest at parliament - keep the guard on the train! 1.11.16, photo Paula Mitchell

RMT protest at parliament - keep the guard on the train! 1.11.16, photo Paula Mitchell   (Click to enlarge)

A striking Northern Rail RMT member

Northern Rail train guards have voted by an overwhelming majority in favour of strike action against the introduction of driver-only operation (DOO). Our first strike date is 13 March and is planned to coincide with our striking brothers and sisters on Southern and Merseyrail.

There are despicable Labour councillors, in Liverpool of all places, praising DOO as safe. We're going to get the same across all the other big metropolitan cities such as Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.

We know where these so-called Labour councillors stand on austerity, so we can expect no support from them on running a safe, accessible railway.

Many of our RMT parliamentary group are northern MPs - the shadow rail minister and shadow transport secretary are MPs on routes that will go DOO. They've told us in private they are against DOO and Jeremy Corbyn said the idea of running trains with just the driver "was a daft idea"!

But when we held an 'Action for Rail' leafleting protest in January over the annual fare increases, all publicity produced by local Labour activists omitted all traces of the RMT. We were even cropped out of all the pictures.

I made a point that this was the first time we had any support from the Labour Party in all the years I've been in the union.

The Socialist Party, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and National Shop Stewards Network have always supported us on demos and picket lines.

The battle against DOO has now opened on a second front and we are determined to win. It's going to be harder to introduce DOO up north as we don't have the rolling stock or infrastructure, but we must show management that we will fight against DOO come what may.

All my colleagues are prepared to stand united in the forthcoming fight to keep the railway safe and accessible for all.


In this issue


Save our NHS!

Demo shows battle to save the NHS can be won


Socialist Party news and analysis

Fight the cuts: Demand no-cuts council budgets

One million workers on zero-hour contracts

Tories to dodge rulings against disability benefit cut

MPs take 1k raise

Aristocrats to hold byelection for one of their 92 reps

TUSC supports Irish MPs' call on Corbyn


Comments and reviews

Struggling to care against a backcloth of cuts

1987 Zeebrugge disaster

The Socialist inbox


International socialist news and analysis

Historic demonstration in Barcelona in support of refugees

Support the Jobstown defendants: Defend the right to public protest

Build a movement to defeat Trump!


Socialist Party workplace news

Second front in battle over driver-only operation opens on Northern Rail

Leaked document threatens jobs and conditions at Ford Bridgend

Bus drivers' strike: Huge anger at bosses' attacks

Deliveroo cedes ground in Brighton dispute

Striking for jobs and union recognition at Fujitsu

EHRC workers walk out

Workplace news in brief


Join the Socialist Party!

Millions protest - now join the Socialist Party to fight to change the world

Why I joined: "I am a Labour Party member and I recently decided to join the Socialist Party"

Why I joined: "In those 16 pages of the Socialist I found more sense and integrity than in the mainstream media"

Why I joined: "I began to feel really exploited and to think about why"

Why I joined: "I hope that more and more people are going to join the Socialist Party and the fight to end inequality"


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

'Anti-union law' charges against trees protesters dropped

Sheffielders call for a no-cuts 'people's budget'

Hands off our Jobcentre!

Greater Manchester: patients are people not guinea pigs!

Bradford: Anti-cuts lobby against poor-bashing budget

Mary Creagh should resign not remain


 

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