International rail workers

Familiar Names in Hong Kong Train Collision

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 19/03/2019 - 15:51

MTR - which has the contract to run Crossrail - has come a-cropper in Hong Kong, as its trial of new signalling systems came off the rails.

Two subway tains collided between Central and Admiralty stations during an early morning test run on Monday before start of traffic. Both drivers were taken to hospital, with one suffering leg injuries.

It looks like the fault was in the software, which is supplied by another name familiar to Tube workers: Thales.

Solidarity with the São Paulo subway workers' strike!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 10/06/2014 - 17:11

Subway workers in São Paulo, Brazil, are striking to win a 12% wage increase. Their strike is now into its fifth day.

Strikers and supporters clashed with riot police on Monday 9 June, as Brazil gears up for the start of the World Cup.

Workers in other industries have also struck, facing repression from the police and the military, as the approaching World Cup highlights glaring and growing social inequality in Brazil.

Chicago Train Derails and Climbs Escalator

Submitted by Tubeworker on Tue, 25/03/2014 - 16:30

The good news is that, amazingly, no-one was hurt when the 'Blue Line' train at Chicago airport derailed and climbed an escalator.

The bad news is that the accident happened at all and that around 30 passengers needed hospital treatment.

The lesson for us lies with the apparent cause of the crash: driver fatigue due to working overtime to make ends meet.

The answer? Pay decent wages and stop overtime. Simples.

Solidarity with Egyptian Workers

Submitted by Tubeworker on Sat, 12/02/2011 - 11:49

The Egyptian people have forced their hated ruler, Hosni Mubarak, out of office. Through mobilising massive numbers of people onto the streets, workers taking action, and refusing to back down in the face of tiny 'concessions', the uprising has won its first main goal. They now face a fight for Egypt's future.

Support French strikers!

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 29/10/2010 - 17:02

Over the last few weeks, millions of French workers have been on strike over and over again to stop the government’s plans to raise the retirement age. Sarkozy, who describes himself as “the French Thatcher”, has tried to impose a new pensions regime on French workers which would mean that most workers couldn’t draw a full pension until the age of 67.

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