District SMA3: Wot No Industrial Action?

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Sun, 21/03/2021 - 16:47,
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District line drivers were due to start industrial action this weekend, as the company ploughs ahead with its imposition of ATO (SMA3) without adequate support or training.

But RMT has called off the action after the company threatened to seek a court injunction against it. Tubeworker understands that the basis of the legal challenge was a claim by the company that the proposed action - refusing to drive in automatic mode in the SMA3 section - constituted a strike, while the union had balloted only for industrial action short of strikes.

First and foremost, this is yet another illustration that Britain's trade union law is all about stopping workers taking action. It's another reason for us to step up our campaigning against anti-union laws, alongside other unions and the Free Our Unions campaign.

But Tubeworker has a further concern. No court has banned this action. Rather, RMT called it off on the basis of a threat that the company would ask a court to ban it.

RMT's circular states that the NEC had "no alternative but to call off the planned industrial action". In a literal sense, this is simply not true. It could have kept the action on, leaving the ball in the company's court as to whether to seek a legal injunction. Even if the company had done that, and even if it had succeeded (neither of which were guaranteed), then at least the union would have fought - and be seen to have fought - all the way. That might have cost some money, but what is the union's money for other than fighting for members' rights?

And we have to ask: If the union's legal advice was that the company had a good chance of winning its injunction, then why did the union apparently not check that the action was legally secure before carrying out the ballot and calling the action?

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Comments

Submitted by Hugo Chavez (not verified) on Sun, 21/03/2021 - 19:02

We are the RMT and we should have the biggest balls in the literal sense our members women and men fighting for what is right and fighting for our members.

Other unions look to us as a beacon of light in the fight against injustice and sticking up for society on a wider platform this will not and should not happen again.

Sequestration of funds is a real thing for any or all unions if this is a genuine fear take steps to secure those funds outside of the government's control.

Foreign bank accounts crypto currency let's start thinking outside the box like the RMT of old but using new methods with the technological landscape we have in front of us. Let's use our brains and not brawn.

And be mindful that we elect a candidate befitting this role.

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