Off The Rails's blog https://workersliberty.org/ en We need a national campaign against "fire and rehire" https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2021-01-13/we-need-national-campaign-against-fire-and-rehire <span>We need a national campaign against &quot;fire and rehire&quot;</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/download_10.jpg" width="379" height="133" alt="Stop Fire and Rehire" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Wed, 13/01/2021 - 16:21</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="https://www.rmt.org.uk/news/members-updates/termination-of-employment-vattenfall120121/">RMT members in the offshore industry, working for the Vatenfall wind farm company, are facing a "fire and rehire" attack; they say their employer has threatened to sack workers and re-engage them on worse terms and conditions</a>. The new contracts will involve a number of detrimental changes, including cuts to annual leave.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2021-01-13/we-need-national-campaign-against-fire-and-rehire" rel="tag" title="We need a national campaign against &quot;fire and rehire&quot;" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about We need a national campaign against &quot;fire and rehire&quot;</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2021-01-13/we-need-national-campaign-against-fire-and-rehire#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 13 Jan 2021 16:21:09 +0000 Off The Rails 36635 at https://workersliberty.org Fantasy Union of Rail and Transport Workers https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2021-01-11/fantasy-union-rail-and-transport-workers <span>Fantasy Union of Rail and Transport Workers</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/youaretheunion.jpg" width="225" height="225" alt="You are the union" title="You are the union" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/01/2021 - 16:22</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>What kind of union do we need? There are strengths and weaknesses in our current union set-up. Union officials will often have you believe that things can only be done the way they are done, because ... well, because they have always been done that way.</p> <p>We do not agree. We have several criticisms of the existing rail unions, so it is only fair that we set out in more positive terms what our ideal union might look like. Let's call it the Fantasy Union of Rail and Transport Workers (FURT).</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2021-01-11/fantasy-union-rail-and-transport-workers" rel="tag" title="Fantasy Union of Rail and Transport Workers" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Fantasy Union of Rail and Transport Workers</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2021-01-11/fantasy-union-rail-and-transport-workers#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Mon, 11 Jan 2021 16:22:23 +0000 Off The Rails 36605 at https://workersliberty.org Don't curtail RMT democracy! https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2021-01-05/dont-curtail-rmt-democracy <span>Don&#039;t curtail RMT democracy!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/agm.jpg" width="308" height="164" alt="An illustration depicting an Annual General Meeting, with a speaker addressing delegates from a rostrum" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/01/2021 - 17:17</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>RMT activists are rightly fond of emphasising that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the "parliament of the union", the highest democratic assembly with supreme decision making power. The 2020 AGM obviously took place in exceptional circumstances, and was conducted on Zoom. On the first day of the AGM, which usually lasts five days, the NEC made a proposal to delegates to shorten the AGM, but on the strict proviso that it would be reconvened no later than 28 February in order to conclude its business.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2021-01-05/dont-curtail-rmt-democracy" rel="tag" title="Don&#039;t curtail RMT democracy!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Don&#039;t curtail RMT democracy!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2021-01-05/dont-curtail-rmt-democracy#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Tue, 05 Jan 2021 17:17:36 +0000 Off The Rails 36585 at https://workersliberty.org Notts Off The Rails https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-12-28/notts-rails <span>Notts Off The Rails</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/NOTR1.png" width="124" height="175" alt="Bulletin front page" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Mon, 28/12/2020 - 08:18</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Introducing Notts Off The Rails - a rank-and-file bulletin for rail workers in Nottingham - online <a href="https://www.workersliberty.org/story/2020-12-16/notts-rails-15122020-vaccination-and-frontline-workers">here</a>.</p> </div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-12-28/notts-rails" rel="tag" title="Notts Off The Rails" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Notts Off The Rails</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-12-28/notts-rails#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Mon, 28 Dec 2020 08:18:46 +0000 Off The Rails 36577 at https://workersliberty.org Cover Up https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-12-28/cover <span>Cover Up</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Body%20cam%20S.jpg" width="334" height="264" alt="Shoulder mounted bodycam" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Mon, 28/12/2020 - 08:06</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Good to see that station security guards have now got the bodycams they’ve been promised for years; bad that it took a serious assault on one of them to achieve it. After that happened security personal were told that they should only observe and report incidents but not to get involved; we hope that continues and that the availability of body cams is not used by management to put security guards in unnecessary danger?</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-12-28/cover" rel="tag" title="Cover Up" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Cover Up</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-12-28/cover#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Mon, 28 Dec 2020 08:06:11 +0000 Off The Rails 36576 at https://workersliberty.org Mind the Gap https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-12-28/mind-gap <span>Mind the Gap</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Gender%20Equality.png" width="329" height="335" alt="Woman and Man on a pair of scales" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Mon, 28/12/2020 - 07:49</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>It is a depressing fact that although women are 51% of the population only 16% of the current rail workforce is female; this figure falls to a shocking 6.5% amongst train drivers.<br /> A recent report into railway recruitment, ‘Back on Track’, noted that 43% of women rated flexible working opportunities as one of the top three things they look for in a job.<br /> The unions need to push employers to allow more part time and flexible working as part of a broader campaign to reduce the gender gap in our industry.</p> </div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-12-28/mind-gap" rel="tag" title="Mind the Gap" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Mind the Gap</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-12-28/mind-gap#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Mon, 28 Dec 2020 07:49:35 +0000 Off The Rails 36575 at https://workersliberty.org Scotrail dispute: a view from the shop floor https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-12-04/scotrail-dispute-view-shop-floor <span>Scotrail dispute: a view from the shop floor</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/scotrail.jpg" width="275" height="183" alt="Scotrail station" title="Scotrail station" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Fri, 04/12/2020 - 19:19</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This is a "shopfloor" view of the ongoing dispute between Abellio Scotrail and its employees. It should be noted, though, that the majority of RMT members did not want to take this action, especially at this time. However, like most dealings with private, for-profit companies, nothing is ever that simple.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-12-04/scotrail-dispute-view-shop-floor" rel="tag" title="Scotrail dispute: a view from the shop floor" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Scotrail dispute: a view from the shop floor</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-12-04/scotrail-dispute-view-shop-floor#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Fri, 04 Dec 2020 19:19:59 +0000 Off The Rails 36523 at https://workersliberty.org ScotRail and TransPennine Express workers ballot for strikes https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-12-03/scotrail-and-transpennine-express-workers-ballot-strikes <span>ScotRail and TransPennine Express workers ballot for strikes</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/75BAA59F-612A-43C1-BEA7-61077AD096D8.jpeg" width="440" height="440" alt="ScotRail and TransPennine Express " class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/12/2020 - 16:07</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>RMT is balloting members on ScotRail and TransPennine Express in disputes over pay and conditions.</p> <p>Nearly 2,500 workers are being balloted on ScotRail, in a vote that closes on 8 December. An RMT statement said: "The union has been trying to secure a pay rise for 2020 for all Scotrail workers while the company has been pleading poverty and claims it is bound by the extension of Emergency Measures Agreements until January 2021. Meanwhile, the company has just given an inflation busting pay rise to drivers.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-12-03/scotrail-and-transpennine-express-workers-ballot-strikes" rel="tag" title="ScotRail and TransPennine Express workers ballot for strikes" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about ScotRail and TransPennine Express workers ballot for strikes</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-12-03/scotrail-and-transpennine-express-workers-ballot-strikes#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Thu, 03 Dec 2020 16:07:38 +0000 Off The Rails 36519 at https://workersliberty.org Alstom workers strike to smash pay freeze https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-12-01/alstom-workers-strike-smash-pay-freeze <span>Alstom workers strike to smash pay freeze</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Alstom%20picket.jpg" width="587" height="440" alt="Alstom picket line at Longsight depot" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/12/2020 - 18:36</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Alstom workers have launched a series of strikes, aiming to smash a pandemic pay freeze imposed by penny-pinching bosses.</p> <p>The workers, who perform maintenance on rolling stock, struck at depots on Alstom's West Coast contract on 29-30 November, and will strike again on 3-4, 8-9, 13-14, 17-18, and 22-23 December. Workers at Alstom's Chester depot began a programme of industrial action short of strikes on 13 October, and will strike on 8-9 and 13-14 December.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-12-01/alstom-workers-strike-smash-pay-freeze" rel="tag" title="Alstom workers strike to smash pay freeze" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Alstom workers strike to smash pay freeze</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-12-01/alstom-workers-strike-smash-pay-freeze#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 18:36:15 +0000 Off The Rails 36482 at https://workersliberty.org Stalinist in-jokes won’t build a healthy union https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-11-24/stalinist-jokes-wont-build-healthy-union <span>Stalinist in-jokes won’t build a healthy union</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Untitled%20drawing%20%281%29.png" width="595" height="345" alt="RMT Young Members badge &amp; Red London supporter" title="RMT Young Members badge &amp; Red London supporter" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Tue, 24/11/2020 - 16:14</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The RMT Young Members Committee has designed a new badge. Nothing wrong with that. But the slogan on the badge, "Always vigilant", has a meaning that is less than edifying. While “vigilance committees” in the unions under the influence of the Communist Party of the 1920s are worthy of study, if not necessarily emulation, the more recent use of the term has a wholly different meaning. </p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-24/stalinist-jokes-wont-build-healthy-union" rel="tag" title="Stalinist in-jokes won’t build a healthy union" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Stalinist in-jokes won’t build a healthy union</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-11-24/stalinist-jokes-wont-build-healthy-union#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Tue, 24 Nov 2020 16:14:17 +0000 Off The Rails 36457 at https://workersliberty.org