Government bails out the bosses - what about the workers?

From the Bakerloo branch newsletter

Capitalism is in crisis: world markets collapse, banks are part nationalised and the government bails out big business to the tune of billions of pounds. Naturally the talk in the mess room is "what's happening with the pay negotiations?"

It is entirely rational that workers on the tube want to safeguard our livelihood during this time. Many workers will be mortgaged up to the eyeballs and seeing their homes sink into negative equity on a daily basis.

But will London's tube workers be treated as favourably as London's bankers?

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RMT welcomes return of Metronet staff to London Underground

RMT press release, issued today

LONDON UNDERGROUND’S biggest union RMT today welcomed plans to transfer the workforce at failed public-private partnership company Metronet back to LUL.

In a letter to RMT general secretary Bob Crow, Metronet Rail chief executive Andie Harper confirmed that a consultation over the TUPE transfer will soon be underway and that he hoped the process would be completed by December.

“RMT has been pressing for this measure all along and welcomes Metronet Rail’s move as a victory for common sense,” Bob Crow said today.

'No Sweat'

'No Sweat' is a campaign against sweatshop working conditions supported by RMT.

It organises in solidarity with sweatshop workers in Britain and around the world, helping to build strong union organisation.

No Sweat also campaigns to expose the way in which big name brands and high street stores exploit sweatshop labour to make profits, and organises fundraising, protest actions and speaker tours by trade unionists.

Visit their website by clicking here.

Andy Littlechild: Dispute Settled

RMT has settled its dispute with Metronet over the victimisation of health & safety rep Andy Littlechild, after Metronet suspended Andy's warning on appeal.

The union would like to thank all Andy's workmates in Metronet, and in other companies in TfL, who gave him such strong support when he was facing possible dismissal.

Station supervisor conference re cleaning issues

This resolution, submitted by Finsbury Park branch, was passed at the October 2008 meeting of the Regional Council

This branch notes the concerns expressed by our station members about the effects of the cutback on station cleaners on cleaners' workload, levels of cleanliness and attendant health and safety issues.

We call on the regional council to organise a meeting of station reps and supervisors to discuss this issue.