Off The Rails's blog https://workersliberty.org/ en Making equality more than a buzzword https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-17/making-equality-more-buzzword <span>Making equality more than a buzzword</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Network%20Rail_0.png" width="680" height="311" alt="Network Rail" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Thu, 17/09/2020 - 17:28</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This article, by rail worker Becky Crocker, was first published in the <i>Solidarity</i> newspaper, <a href="https://www.workersliberty.org/story/2020-09-16/making-equality-more-buzzword">here</a>.</p> <hr /><p>In recent months I have become increasingly aware of the lack of diversity in my workplace, a Network Rail office in London.</p> <p>My suspicions about Network Rail were confirmed when I read in its 2019 Ethnicity Pay Gap Report that only 8.6% of its workforce is from a black or ethnic minority background compared to the national BAME population of 13%.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-17/making-equality-more-buzzword" rel="tag" title="Making equality more than a buzzword" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Making equality more than a buzzword</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-17/making-equality-more-buzzword#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:28:54 +0000 Off The Rails 36128 at https://workersliberty.org The conflict in RMT https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-09-16/conflict-rmt <span>The conflict in RMT</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Rank%20and%20File.jpg" width="250" height="142" alt="The Rank And File" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Wed, 16/09/2020 - 07:43</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><li>RMT must address mental health issues and bullying allegations</li> <li>External investigation needed, but union must change itself</li> <li>Genuine debate, criticism, and accountability is essential, and is not bullying</li> <li>For a union led by members, through our lay representatives, not by officers</li> <li>The National Executive Committee must run the union, but run it more effectively</li> <li>Urgent, militant action is needed to fight job cuts and attacks on terms and conditions</li> <li>The rank and file - grassroots union members in workplaces - must organise.</li></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-16/conflict-rmt" rel="tag" title="The conflict in RMT" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about The conflict in RMT</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-09-16/conflict-rmt#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 16 Sep 2020 06:43:49 +0000 Off The Rails 36091 at https://workersliberty.org Off the Rails/Tubeworker joint meeting, Thursday 17 September, 16:00-18:00: fighting "colour bars" on the railway https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-08-31/railstubeworker-joint-meeting-thursday-17-september-1600-1800-fighting-colour-bars <span>Off the Rails/Tubeworker joint meeting, Thursday 17 September, 16:00-18:00: fighting &quot;colour bars&quot; on the railway</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/AX_0.png" width="680" height="383" alt="Asquith Xavier" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Mon, 31/08/2020 - 20:57</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><b>Thursday 17 September, 16:00-18:00</b></p> <p><b>Log in via Zoom <a href="https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8784354612">here</a></b></p> <p><b>Facebook event <a href="https://facebook.com/events/s/tubeworker-public-meeting-figh/932853760556051/?ti=icl">here</a></b></p> <hr /><p>In 1966, Asquith Xavier became the first black guard at Euston station, overturning a "colour bar" which prevented black workers from being employed in certain grades. His struggle was not the first that exposed racism and discrimination in the hiring policy of railway companies, nor the last.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-31/railstubeworker-joint-meeting-thursday-17-september-1600-1800-fighting-colour-bars" rel="tag" title="Off the Rails/Tubeworker joint meeting, Thursday 17 September, 16:00-18:00: fighting &quot;colour bars&quot; on the railway" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Off the Rails/Tubeworker joint meeting, Thursday 17 September, 16:00-18:00: fighting &quot;colour bars&quot; on the railway</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-31/railstubeworker-joint-meeting-thursday-17-september-1600-1800-fighting-colour-bars#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Mon, 31 Aug 2020 19:57:00 +0000 Off The Rails 36041 at https://workersliberty.org Fight all job cuts! https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-08-13/fight-all-job-cuts <span>Fight all job cuts!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Job-cuts.jpg" width="660" height="440" alt="An image of scissors cutting the word &quot;jobs&quot;" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Thu, 13/08/2020 - 21:58</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Workers at the International Currency Exchange in St. Pancras are facing job cuts, with nine members of staff having been given redundancy notices. RMT reps are supporting them, but <i>Off the Rails</i> was a little alarmed to read some of the language in the union circular about the campaign.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-13/fight-all-job-cuts" rel="tag" title="Fight all job cuts!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Fight all job cuts!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-13/fight-all-job-cuts#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 20:58:05 +0000 Off The Rails 35995 at https://workersliberty.org Stonehaven tragedy: solidarity and condolences https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-08-13/stonehaven-tragedy-solidarity-and-condolences <span>Stonehaven tragedy: solidarity and condolences</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/BR%20black.gif" width="651" height="440" alt="The British Rail logo in black" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Thu, 13/08/2020 - 21:52</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>We send our solidarity and condolences to the family, friends, and workmates of the three people - two workers and one passenger - who died in the Stonehaven derailment on 12 August.</p> <p>Donald Dinnie and Bret McCullough, the guard and driver killed, were members of RMT and Aslef respectively. Both unions, as well as TSSA, have issued tributes and statements of condolence.</p> <p>The official investigation has just begun, but it seems clear that extreme weather, leading to flooding and landslide, played some role in the incident. </p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-13/stonehaven-tragedy-solidarity-and-condolences" rel="tag" title="Stonehaven tragedy: solidarity and condolences" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Stonehaven tragedy: solidarity and condolences</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-08-13/stonehaven-tragedy-solidarity-and-condolences#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 20:52:15 +0000 Off The Rails 35994 at https://workersliberty.org How can we improve our union? https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-07-26/how-can-we-improve-our-union <span>How can we improve our union?</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Rank-and-File.jpg" width="250" height="142" alt="Black-and-white photograph of buildings, with overlaid white text reading &quot;The Rank and File&quot;" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Sun, 26/07/2020 - 16:51</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Discussions amongst activists within RMT about the formation of new groupings aimed at transforming and improving the union are intensifying, against a backdrop of economic crisis and mounting attacks on RMT members' jobs, terms, and conditions.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-26/how-can-we-improve-our-union" rel="tag" title="How can we improve our union?" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about How can we improve our union?</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-26/how-can-we-improve-our-union#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Sun, 26 Jul 2020 15:51:20 +0000 Off The Rails 35921 at https://workersliberty.org Joint Off the Rails/Tubeworker meeting: Fighting job cuts - 16 July, 16:00 https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-07-01/joint-railstubeworker-meeting-fighting-job-cuts-16-july-1600 <span>Joint Off the Rails/Tubeworker meeting: Fighting job cuts - 16 July, 16:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Fight%20job%20cuts_0.jpg" width="316" height="159" alt="Cartoon graphic of a pair of scissors clipping a paper people chain, half of which is red, and half of which is white, indicating &quot;job cuts&quot;" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/07/2020 - 15:14</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Thousands of job cuts are being announced across the economy, including in the rail and transport industries. </p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-01/joint-railstubeworker-meeting-fighting-job-cuts-16-july-1600" rel="tag" title="Joint Off the Rails/Tubeworker meeting: Fighting job cuts - 16 July, 16:00" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Joint Off the Rails/Tubeworker meeting: Fighting job cuts - 16 July, 16:00</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-01/joint-railstubeworker-meeting-fighting-job-cuts-16-july-1600#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:14:47 +0000 Off The Rails 35820 at https://workersliberty.org Stop the SSP job cuts! https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-07-01/stop-ssp-job-cuts <span>Stop the SSP job cuts!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Upper_Crust_Bridgend2.jpg" width="587" height="440" alt="Upper Crust" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/07/2020 - 12:56</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>SSP Group the company that owns brands like Upper Crust and Cafe Ritazza as well as operating Burger Kings and over outlets in many stations is set to cut 5,000 jobs. </p> <p>The coming onslaught on jobs is going to affect the entire industry and not just the frontline rail operational staff. </p> <p>RMT which has recognition with SSP in a few places needs to work together with other unions in the food and drinks industry to fight these jobs cuts.</p> </div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-01/stop-ssp-job-cuts" rel="tag" title="Stop the SSP job cuts!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Stop the SSP job cuts!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-07-01/stop-ssp-job-cuts#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:56:08 +0000 Off The Rails 35815 at https://workersliberty.org Halting the Job Cuts Express https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-06-28/halting-job-cuts-express <span>Halting the Job Cuts Express</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/20200404_225858.jpg" width="587" height="440" alt="Train at empty platform" title="Train at empty platform" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Sun, 28/06/2020 - 21:01</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>We know that job cuts are coming, thundering down the track towards us like a runaway freight train, loaded with attacks on our pay, conditions and pensions as well. </p> <p>Wabtec has already announced job cuts at its Doncaster site, Heathrow Express is threatening to cut over a hundred posts, and we can be sure that more will follow. The best way to stem the flow is to fight effectively from the outset.</p> <p>But how?</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-06-28/halting-job-cuts-express" rel="tag" title="Halting the Job Cuts Express" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Halting the Job Cuts Express</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-06-28/halting-job-cuts-express#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Sun, 28 Jun 2020 20:01:16 +0000 Off The Rails 35792 at https://workersliberty.org Defend Wabtec jobs! https://workersliberty.org/blogs/2020-06-17/defend-wabtec-jobs <span>Defend Wabtec jobs!</span> <div class="field field--name-field-node-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/files/pictures/Wabtec.jpg" width="661" height="440" alt="Photograph of a train being worked on in the Wabtec factory" title="Photograph of a train being worked on in the Wabtec factory" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span>Off The Rails</span></span> <span>Wed, 17/06/2020 - 15:13</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Bosses at the Wabtec rail refurbishment factory in Doncaster have announced a plan to cut 450 jobs in several waves, starting in August and running through to March 2021. The cuts would halve the workforce.</p> <p>The plans are now out for consultation, and responding should be quick and easy: not one job should go! RMT has already issued a statement opposing the cuts, now we need shopfloor organisation to prepare action to resist them.</p></div> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="node-readmore"><a href="/blogs/2020-06-17/defend-wabtec-jobs" rel="tag" title="Defend Wabtec jobs!" hreflang="en">Read more<span class="visually-hidden"> about Defend Wabtec jobs!</span></a></li><li class="comment-add"><a href="/blogs/2020-06-17/defend-wabtec-jobs#comment-form" title="Share your thoughts and opinions." hreflang="en">Add new comment</a></li></ul> Wed, 17 Jun 2020 14:13:17 +0000 Off The Rails 35759 at https://workersliberty.org