Unions

RAIL SAFETY: Ballot against balance sheet mentality

RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that a ballot for national industrial action involving rail maintenance workers across the country will begin next Thursday – 25th February.
The ballot for action is over the threat of redundancies as part of a national drive to axe up to 1500 safety-critical maintenance jobs, a failure to follow existing redeployment procedures, a threat to use external contractors to carry out existing in-house maintenance work and a failure to communicate planned changes as part of the on-going Network Rail maintenance re-organisation. The ballot will be run in parallel with a vote for action by sister rail union TSSA.
RMT have repeatedly warned that the rail maintenance jobs massacre will threaten the safety of passengers and staff and have compiled a dossier on the impact of current unfilled vacancies – the latest example being a prohibition notice on works in South Wales due to a shortage of key workers.
“I have no doubt that the British people will understand that you cannot take reckless gambles with rail safety in the name of “efficiency” and to hit financial targets on the bottom of a balance sheet.

RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that a ballot for national industrial action involving rail maintenance workers across the country will begin next Thursday – 25th February.

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New campaign section launched

A new campaign section of the CP website has been launched as a contribution to support all who fight for work and to rebuild industry. Read on for CP general secretary Robert Griffith's launch interview. Why is industry important? What can you do in the fight for work? If you want to share your experience let us know.

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CP union and political cadre school

The Communist Party held a Trade Union and Political Cadre School over the weekend of 6/7 February at the labour movement centre, Wortley Hall, just outside Sheffield in Yorkshire. It lived up to its billings in more ways than one.

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