Pull the pay fights together

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Mon, 24/04/2006 - 11:05,

Meanwhile, TubeLines have settled for a two-year deal with a 4% rise this year. Metronet seem to think that 4% should be OK for their workforce too, conveniently ignoring the fact that their pay is already lower than TubeLines, so we will need at least 5% to play catch-up.

And it's full steam ahead for strike action on ISS, after the company refused to budge on its scandalous 'offer' of inflation-only rises for the next four years. And that is for cleaners who are on terrible pay rates and have not had a rise at all for the last five years!

It is essential that the unions organise the maximum co-ordination between these pay fights. This particularly applies to RMT, the only union which is involved in all of them. But all unions owe solidarity to all Tube workers, whether they are in their own union or another. So let's see drivers and cleaners - and other grades - striking together.

And if that's not possible, let's get ready to back each other in other ways. If, say, you are a Station Supervisor, would you consider it safe to open a station without a cleaner on duty? Tubeworker wouldn't.

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