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Solidarity with the Striking British Railway Workers !

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After the national inter-professional demonstration organised by the TUC in London on 18 June, RMT railway workers extended the direct industrial action with three days of strike action : 21, 23 and 25 June.

With RMT, the strikers are fighting for more jobs, for higher wages, for the improvement of working conditions, against the questioning of pension rights, against the closure of ticket offices and stations. For years, shareholders have been pocketing dividends, railway workers and users are footing the bill !

The struggle started by our comrades in RMT concerns all the workers of this country. Beyond that, it is part of and reinforces the struggles waged by railway workers in other countries.

Member organisations of the International Trade Union Network of Solidarity and Struggles, and the Rail Without Borders Network, support RMT’s call for strike action and the strikers ; we make this movement known in our different countries. International solidarity of workers !

Unite Kingdom : biggest railway strike in 30 years strands
Commenting on today’s first rail strike since 1989, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said :
“Today’s turnout at picket lines has been fantastic and exceeded expectations in our struggle for job security, defending conditions and a decent pay rise.
“Our members will continue the campaign and have shown outstanding unity in pursuit of a settlement to this dispute.
“RMT members are leading the way for all workers in this country who are sick and tired of having their pay and conditions slashed by a mixture of big business profits and government policy
“Now is the time to stand up and fight for every single railway worker in this dispute that we will win.”

22 june 2022
RMT statement
Discussions with Network Rail and the Train Operators have continued today. The Train Operators have now made an offer and there is no further offer from Network Rail following the one which was rejected last Friday.
The RMT National Executive Committee has now found both sets of proposals to be unacceptable and it is now confirmed that the strike action scheduled this week will go ahead.
It is clear that the Tory Government after slashing £4bn of funding from National Rail and Transport for London, has now actively prevented a settlement to this dispute.
The rail companies have now proposed pay rates that are massively under the relevant rates of inflation, coming on top of the pay freezes of the past few years.
At the behest of the Government, companies are also seeking to implement thousands of job cuts and have failed to give any guarantee against Compulsory Redundancies.
As a result of this transport austerity, the employing companies have taken decisions to :
• Attack the Railway Pension Scheme and the TFL scheme, diluting benefits, making staff work longer and making them poorer in retirement, while paying increased contributions.
• Cut thousands of jobs across the rail network while not giving a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies.
• Cutting safety inspections on the infrastructure by 50% in order to facilitate mass redundancies.
• Attack terms, conditions and working practices in a form of internal fire and re-hire, including lowering existing salaries and increasing the working week.
• Re-starting the disputes on the role and responsibility of the guard and massive cuts to catering services.
• Closing every ticket office in Britain regardless of the accessibility needs of the diversity of passengers
• Cutting real pay for most of our members through lengthy pay freezes and well below RPI inflation pay proposals.
Faced with such an aggressive agenda of cuts to jobs, conditions, pay and pensions, RMT has no choice but to defend our members industrially to stop this race to the bottom.
The strikes on Network Rail, the Train Operators and London Underground will go ahead, and we again call on our members to stand firm, support the action, mount the pickets and demonstrate their willingness to fight for workplace justice.
The RMT supports the campaign for a square deal for all working people in the face of the cost-of-living crisis, and our current campaign is a part of that more general campaign which means that public services have to be properly funded and all workers properly paid with good conditions.
RMT remains available for discussions that will settle this dispute and ensure our transport system can operate without disruption.
Mick Lynch - RMT general secretary

21 june 2022
Publised by RMT
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers is a progressive, democratic and highly professional trade union, a fast growing union with more than 83,000 members from almost every sector of the transport industry - from the mainline and underground railways, shipping and offshore, buses and road freight.
Protecting and bettering our members’ pay and conditions is the key RMT objective. We negotiate with over 150 transport-sector companies - using every opportunity to drive home our positive agenda for better pay, shorter hours and safer working conditions.