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NHS: Mass fightback is needed

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Northern Rail guards continue fight against driver-only operation

Northern Rail RMT DOO strike in Newcastle 25 August 2018, photo Elaine Brunskill

Northern Rail RMT DOO strike in Newcastle 25 August 2018, photo Elaine Brunskill   (Click to enlarge)

Newcastle Socialist Party

Train guards in Newcastle, members of the RMT union, are participating in the ongoing battle against driver-only operation.

Speaking to the Socialist on 25 August one of the strikers said: "This is our 24th day of strike action. The mood on our picket line is very determined and the strike is rock solid."

Despite the strike creating disruption, the support from the travelling public was reported as being "incredible". Strikers said that there is an understanding that this dispute is about passenger safety: "We've had strong support from disabled people, who are worried about their ability to access trains. Also from women's groups who are concerned about anti-social behaviour on trains. At a time of increased sexual assaults, having no guards on the train is crazy."

There is a lot of anger against Arriva Rail North. It was explained that: "The union entered into talks with the company for the first time in months. The union even called off strikes for the talks to take place. Despite this act of good faith by us, the talks were just a sham - a stalling tactic. They treated our officials with complete contempt. It became clear they had no intention of reaching a settlement."

This stalling tactic has clearly enraged RMT members. There is a growing mood among guards that the strike action needs to be ramped up.

From the picket line, RMT members also stated their support for Liebherr strikers in Sunderland who are fighting for an improvement in their wages.

  • South Western Railway guards are walking out against driver-only operation between 31 August and 2 September, with further 24-hour strikes planned on 8 and 15 September

In this issue


What we think

Capitalism is a chaotic, irrational system - we need socialist change


International socialist news and analysis

Trump ally prosecutions

Venezuela: How can reaction and imperialism be defeated?

China: Solidarity with Jasic Technology workers


News

Working families 50 a week short of paying for kids

Nationalise the energy giants to combat global warming

Them & us


Workplace

Restaurant tips walkout: "Hold the burgers, hold the fries, TGI are telling lies"

Sunderland: Resolute Liebherr workers in pay strike

Merseyside fire authority forced to postpone night closures

Northern Rail guards continue fight against driver-only operation

East Dunbartonshire council workers back further strikes


Youth and students

Exam factories, cuts and violence - Fight for our future!


CWI School 2018

The ongoing capitalist crisis and the struggle for a socialist world


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

NHS: Mass fightback is needed

Battle growing against Loch Lomond area big business sell-off

Leicester lobby calls for consultation on NHS closure plans

Socialist sales success in Cardiff

EDL sent packing in Worcester

Huddersfield Socialist Party organise counter-protest against EDL

Fracking companies backed by government and courts

Leeds protest against NHS treatment cuts


1918 police strikes

100 years since police went on strike: "never nearer to Bolshevism"


Opinion

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