Domestic violence, International Women's Day, and the RMT


We reproduce below the statement made by RMT member Caroline Leneghan on her personal blog, in solidarity with her and other women speaking out about gender violence. [trigger warning: descriptions of domestic violence, pictures of injuries sustained]

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.

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.

Network Rail dispute: Railway signallers vote for strike action

Following in the wake of votes for strike action by railway maintenance workers and supervisors, signallers have delivered a vote for strike action in an RMT-organised ballot.

Railway maintenance workers vote to strike, further action brewing in the industry

RMT members have voted strongly for strike action, in what stands to be the first national strike of rail workers in 16 years. Other workers including signallers and electrical supply controllers may also strike following their ballots in the coming weeks.

London Underground make new pay offer to tube staff

Picket at Elephant and Castle tube station.

London Underground Ltd (LUL) has made what it claims is a final offer in an attempt to end a pay and jobs row which led to a 48-hour strike last month.

Picket line interview with striking tube worker - June 2009

Brief interview from the picket line of the Tube strike that lasted from June 9 - June 11 2009.