Economic crisis / fighting public service cuts

Resolution: Women and the Economic Crisis

This resolution, submitted by Camden No. 3 Branch, was passed unanimiously by RMT Women's Conference 2009.

That this Conference notes that the economic crisis will hit working class women hard.

We note that within our industry, redundancies are already planned in administrative grades, dominated by women and are likely in the subcontracted jobs like cleaning, also dominated by women.

Women predominantly occupy the lowest paid grades in our industry, and are therefore vulnerable to the poverty inflicted by the economic crisis.

Resolution: Support the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign

This resolution, proposed by TfL no.1 branch, was passed unanimously at the February meeting of the Regional Council.

More than three million are expected to be unemployed by the end of 2009. Young people are among the first to be thrown on the scrapheap. Currently, 40% of those losing their jobs are between 18 and 24.

G20 Demonstration

This resolution, proposed by LU Fleet branch, was passed unanimously by the February meeting of the Regional Council.

The leaders of the world’s most powerful nations will meet in London in April.

They come together against a backdrop of world slump, war and rising anger at the nightmare they have created.

The point of the G20 is meant to be to find solutions – but world leaders are running out of ideas. They aim to make workers pay for the crisis.

Resolution to RMT AGM: defending ourselves from the economic crisis

This year, I will be attending RMT's AGM as a delegate, nominated by my branch, Stratford no.1.

Yesterday, the branch discussed resolutions to the AGM, and amongst others, passed this one. I wrote it following reflection on the recent oil refinery walkouts, but it is as much about the lessons we can all learn from those strikes as about the strikes themselves.

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DEFENDING OURSELVES FROM THE ECONOMIC CRISIS

Pay and the Economic Crisis: Answering the Arguments

"But other workers are losing their jobs."

Yes, and those workers could be our partners, sons, daughters or other dependants. If they lose their jobs, they will rely on our incomes more than ever.

Workers within TfL face job losses too. If we accept an inadequate pay deal, this will not protect our jobs: rather it will encourage management to attack them.

"But LUL/TfL has no money."

12 Reasons Why We Need A Decent Pay Rise

Management will try to convince us that we should accept a low pay rise because of the economic crisis. In truth, the crisis makes it even more important that we get a decent rise. Here's why ...

1. We did not cause the economic crisis, so we should not have to pay for it. We and other workers create the wealth in society. If bankers gamble some of that wealth away, that is not our fault.

2. Our bills have gone up and are due to go up even more.

Why We Need A Decent Pay Rise: How Our Bills Have Increased

We need a decent pay rise to meet the rising bills that we have to pay. Here are some facts and figures, with sources in [square brackets]:

  • Energy bills in Britain have increased by 16.7% over the past year, compared to the European average of 3.8%. [OECD]
  • The average household fuel bill rose by £381 to £1,293 on average last year. [OECD]
  • Council tax bills are to rise by an average 3.5%. [Local Government Association]
  • Food prices rose by 11% last year. [MSN money]
  • Discussion meeting: How the financial crisis affects you

    Meeting for RMT members: Saturday 17 January, 11:00-14:00 Venue: RMT headquarters, 39 Chalton Street NW1 (nearest stations: Euston and King's Cross St. Pancras)

    The Financial Crisis: How will the recession affect jobs, wages and pensions?

    Speakers: Jared Wood, RMT Plus a speaker from the Wall Street Journal

    Organised by the National Shop Stewards' Network