A reply to some critics

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Fri, 17/01/2020 - 17:53,

This image has been brought to our attention; it originates with some Aslef reps.

To clarify, Tubeworker is NOT an RMT publication. We are fiercely pro-union, but we are an independent rank-and-file bulletin, published by a socialist group, and not affiliated with any individual union on the job.

The quote on the right is profoundly misleading, as it implies that the sentence ends at "conditions". It's like quoting someone as having said "don't leave your house" when what they've actually said is, "don't leave your house without an umbrella when it's raining."

As anyone who takes the time to read the article on the left will see, it was making the very basic point that RMT, as an all-grades union, has a special responsibility to make all-grades arguments, and fight for any improvements to terms and conditions to be extended to all Tube workers, not just one grade.

We are aware that some people on the job think that different groups of workers have separate or special interests; we disagree. We think all of us who work on the Tube - directly employed or outsourced, and whatever job we do - share common interests, and should fight together to demand the levelling up of terms and conditions. It’s a shame some people don’t see it that way, but we’ll never make any apology for fighting for better, and equal, rights for all workers.

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