The Fantasy Union of Railworkers

Submitted by Janine on 21 October, 2004 - 7:12

Off The Rails has a vision of railway trade unionism which we believe would be more effective that what we have now. We have a document which sets this out in detail - a kind of OTR manifesto.

You can read the full version here. If you agree with us, join us in working to make it a reality.

To whet your appetite, here are some extracts ...

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The first thing about the Fantasy Union of Railworkers is that there is only one of them. No more division into competing unions enabling management to weaken and defeat us ...

FUR involves its members. In each workplace, the union is not seen as a distant organisation, but as something that every worker can be involved in ...

It is a democratic union. Issues are debated, with everyone having their say ...

When the union makes a decision to go on strike, we all stick together and make it as effective as possible ...

Branch meetings are accessible ... no off-putting jargon or bureaucratic procedures ...

Every union official who makes political or industrial decisions is elected ...

There are no special privileges for union officials, so there is no incentive for anyone to take up a post apart from to represent and serve the members - not to get more money, or to get off the job ...

The FUR is controlled by its rank-and-file members: not by an all-powerful General Secretary or an unrepresentative clique ...

The union fights militantly for its members’ interests. It defends every job and every condition. It does not sell its members short or sign deals with management that accept worsening conditions for the workforce ...

The union represents and supports each individual member who needs its help ... it turns individual grievances into collective disputes ...

Whilst the FUR resolutely defends its members against management attacks, it does not just react to the employers’ agenda. It fights proactively for workers’ interests ...

The FUR recognises that prejudice and unnecessary division weakens us. So it fights on equality issues ...

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