Labour movement activists from a variety of unions and campaigns have launched the following statement in solidarity with the Network Rail strike. To add your name, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Details of the strikes can be found on the RMT website, here.
We support and pledge to build solidarity with the Network Rail workers’ national dispute over pay and conditions, and the RMT’s upcoming industrial action.
In the first large national dispute under the new government, we are committed to helping the workers to win. It is unjust and unacceptable for bosses on huge salaries and bonuses to hold down the pay and conditions of the people who maintain and operate our national railway system. As the economy grows, effective labour movement action can drive up the share that goes to the working class. Moreover, we believe that a secure workforce with decent pay and working conditions is essential to a safe and reliable railway service.
We will not let the Tories target and defeat our brothers and sisters at Network Rail. We oppose Network Rail’s attempts to use the courts to undermine ballots. We oppose the threat of new anti-union laws, and will campaign against them, including by calling for a trade-union-led national demonstration.
Initial signatories (all in a personal capacity, positions/organisations given for information only):
Daniel Randall, RMT London Transport Region Young Members’ Officer Holly Smith, ex-rep, GMB City Clean (Brighton Council) Peter Dwyer, Treasurer, Ruskin College UCU Ed Whitby, Convenor, Newcastle City Unison Gordon Moloney, President, National Union of Students Scotland Daniel Cooper, Executive Member, National Union of Students Edd Mustill, Branch Officer, Unite NW/0152M Craig Gent, Committee Member, Warwick University UCU Josh Chown, Chair, Surrey Labour Students Rida Vaquas, Under-19s Officer, Young Labour Mark Bergfeld, activist-writer and PhD Researcher, Queen Mary University of London Omar Raii, External Affairs & Campaigns Officer, University College London Union Liam McNulty, Youth Officer, Hornsey and Wood Green Constituency Labour Party James McAsh, Executive Committee, London Young Labour Ing. Martin Mair, Chairman, Aktive Arbeitslose Österreich (“Active Unemployed Austria”) Natalie Smith, RMT Bakerloo Line branch Vincent Thurgood Alasdair Clark Mike Williamson Jack Cornforth Clare Copeland Tristan Grove Ygraine Emrys Andy Warren Chris Hyde Kevin Carson