Tubeworker 29 October 2003: Fight For Safety

After two derailments in two days, Tubeworker urges workers and the unions to push forward their fight for safety and to bring back the Tube's maintenance into the public sector. Workplace stories include the fight to save Chris Barrett's job, the sham terrorist exercise at Bank, and the election for RMT President. Download pdf.

Strike to save Chris Barrett's job!

Hammersmith & City drivers: Vote YES to strike! London Underground has sacked Tube driver Chris Barrett after claiming to have filmed him visiting a squash court when he was off sick with an ankle injury. Despite Chris' doctors saying his action was wholly appropriate, LUL is determined to uphold its 'right' to persecute its staff who are ill or injured. Chris' union, RMT, is balloting its members at Edgware Road and Barking depots for strike action to demand his reinstatement. The deadline for voting is Wednesday 29 October. This special issue of Tubeworker encourages all Chris' colleagues to...

Pay referenda: vote No

Special issue of Tubeworker Tube workers have been shocked to discover that our unions - having said that LUL's pay offer was unacceptable - are now asking us to endorse it. Tubeworker urges members to reject this and vote No in the union referendum. Download pdf.

Tubeworker 24 September 2003

Stop the Witch-hunt against Asylum-Seekers As Blair's Government steps up its persecution of people seeking sanctuary, Tubeworker puts a firm argument against prejudice and for workers' unity. Workplace stories include a cleaner suspended for refusing to work on safety grounds, and the farcical new banking system. Download pdf.

Tubeworker 27 August 2003

Preparing to fight over pay and conditions Tubeworker's front page reflects the anger and frustration amongst Underground workers over low pay and inequalities in working hours, discount travel and pensions. Tubeworker also assesses why Mick Rix lost the ASLEF General Secretary election to right-winger Shaun Brady. Download the bulletin in pdf format.

Tubeworker 26 July 2003

RMT Conference slams New Labour Tubeworker reports on the recent RMT Annual General Meeting, which took important decisions over the future of the union's political involvement. Workplace reports include the fall-out from the final report into the Chancery Lane crash. Download the bulletin in pdf format.

Renationalise the network!

Tubeworker of 2 July 2003 reports on train operating company Connex losing its franchise, and Network Rail's planned job cuts, and draws the conclusion: renationalise the whole network, under democratic workers' and community control. The bulletin also reports on Glenroy Watson's reinstatement to driving duties, and new harder-line management tactics on the Tube. Download here: front and back pages.

Tubeworker, 28 May 2003

Tubeworker of 28 May calls for station staff to get better organised across the combine. Attempts to divide workers, infraco against infraco, will probably come in the wake of PPP. The bulletin also brings an update on the fight against the victimisation of Glenroy Watson. Download as pdf: front page and back page.

Tubeworker on PPP

Tubeworker of 25 April 2003 looks at the final introduction of PPP (Public-Private Partnership) on 8 April 2003 in the context of Workers' Memorial Day, 28 April, the day of commemoration for the two million people killed at work around the world each year. It calls for action against the victimisation of union activist Glenroy Watson. Download here as pdf (36K).

Tubeworker, 11 April 2003

The 11 April 2003 issue of the Tubeworker bulletin calls for solidarity with a fight for democracy in Iraq. It condemns the London Underground bosses' move to charge union activist Glenroy Watson with "gross misconduct" for a routine mishap. And it reviews proposals which the bosses are discussing for the Tube now that PPP is fully installed. Download as two pdfs, front page (30K) and back page (423K).

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