Off The Rails

Cleaners' battles continue

Published on: Fri, 02/08/2013 - 14:39

The Tyne and Wear Metro cleaners’ struggle for living wages, sick pay, and travel pass equality is now one of the longest-running disputes in the British labour movement.
They began a two-week strike on 9 July, and have so far struck for 19 (not all consecutive) days in their dispute.

Casualisation and outsourcing effects cleaners particularly badly, as it gives the bosses several layers to hide behind. The cleaners are employed by Churchill, who can pass the buck up to DB Regio, who run the Metro on a contract from its owners Nexus (who are still formally accountable to the local authority).

Fighting casualisation

Published on: Fri, 02/08/2013 - 14:37

This issue of Off The Rails focuses on the issue of casualisation, and how to fight it (and how not to fight it!).

On the centre pages, there’s an article looking at the “Justice for the 33” campaign, and elsewhere we discuss the dispute against casualisation on Northern Rail.
Casualised forms of working are spreading around the railway industry like wildfire.

Agency working, zero-hour contracts, temporary staff ... All are means for employers to plug gaps in coverage without forking out the cost of permanent staff with secure pay and conditions. There are now many engineering projects with

Off The Rails Winter 2012/13

Published on: Wed, 19/12/2012 - 14:20

The latest issue of Off The Rails, a platform for rank-and-file rail workers produced by Workers' Liberty. This issue discusses the fight against "vertical integration", the Crossrail sparks' battle, cleaners' strikes, and more.

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Off The Rails ...

Published on: Thu, 21/10/2004 - 16:44
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