Transport for London plans to privatise the Tube’s East London Line when it re-opens after its extension is built. Over a hundred stations, signals and drivers’ jobs will be transferred to the new private operator.
After its infrastructure was hived off to the private sector under the ‘Public-Private Partnership’, London Underground is already part-privatised. But its operational side remains the only publicly-owned railway operation in the country. The privatisation of the East London Line could be the first slice in a salami-style operation to sell it off line by line.
We need a campaign against this that combines both industrial and political action, linking up with local trades union councils and working-class communities along the route of the line and its extension.
And we need unity between the unions, with everyone fighting together rather than negotiating separately or working while others strike.