London Underground

Responding to Evening Standard bollocks on the tube strike

A commuter's rant about the (unsurprisingly) anti-worker coverage of the tube strike by the Evening Standard.

Workers: expect more tube strikes

RMT flag outside tube station

Some Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members are starting to prepare for further strike action on the London Underground (LU) after the second of two planned 48-hour strikes was called off earlier in the month following what was described as a last-minute deal.

Tube strikes: first round of five days' strike action begins

Thousands of London Underground workers set to take part in a second 48-hour strike over proposed cuts which include closing every Tube ticket office in London, with another 72-hour strike planned for next week.

Going underground

London underground

Review article: Workmates – direct action workplace organising on the London underground.

Cleaners strike protest near London Olympic site

Cleaners strike over pay and conditions on London Underground and Docklands Light Railway.

London Underground strike threat wins reinstatement for unfairly sacked driver

Six days of strikes on the London Underground by the RMT union have been called off after management agreed to reinstate a sacked train driver.

Workmates: direct action workplace organising on the London Underground

Pamphlet cover

In the late 1990s, plans to outsource track maintenance on the London Underground were being pushed through by the government. Workers at one depot responded by forming a new workplace group, both inside and outside the existing union, the RMT. This pamphlet charts the highs and lows of the Workmates collective, highlighting their successes and failures, their radically democratic organising method and their creative forms of direct action. We hope it can provide an inspiration to other workers frustrated with the limits of the existing workplace organisations.

Workmates: direct action workplace organising on the London Underground - Review

Track maintenance staff at work

A review by Steven Johns of the Solidarity Federation pamphlet Workmates: direct action workplace organising on the London Underground.

UK workplace news roundup, August 2010

Recent industrial news from the UK, including transport strikes in Liverpool, walkouts at West Lothian Council and Southampton libraries, and strike ballots for London firefighters, ambulance drivers, and tube staff.

More misery now! - The Red Menace

Article looking at the impact of the 1989 public transport workers' strikes in London and elsewhere.