Last month around 40,000 British rail workers from the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) went on strike for three days, shutting down large parts of Britain’s rail system in a demonstration history of collective strength. This week, after receiving a contract offer from state-owned Network Rail that union leaders described as ‘paltry’, the RMT announced that workers at Network Rail and rail operating companies would engage in another strike day on Wednesday 27 July. With these strikes and in ongoing negotiations, workers are fighting for decent wages at a time when the cost of living is spiraling out of control and corporate executives and shareholders are filling their pockets with cash. Like Adam Bychawski writing, “Rail companies paid nearly £800m to shareholders last year before telling rail unions that workers must take a pay cut in real terms to stay afloat.” But workers are fighting for much more; they are fighting against years of austerity policies and profit-generating programs for companies that have led to the deterioration of working conditions and the quality of service on the rails; they fight against further job cuts in the name of “modernization”; and they fight for better, safer, more accessible and well-staffed rail services for the people who depend on them.
In this special episode, we talk to four railway workers and RMT members/officers – Mel Mullings, Clayton Clive, Cat Cray and Gaz Jackson – about the strike and the importance for workers around the world to stand in solidarity with the strikers .
Additional links/information below…
- RMT Union National Dispute Resolution Fund
- RMT Syndicate website, Facebook pages, and Twitter page,
- by Mel Twitter page
- Clayton’s Twitter page
- Manchester South RMT Twitter page
- Cats Twitter page
- Gas’s Twitter page
- Rupert Pickering, Grandstand“Defend the RMT“
- Karl Hansen, Jacobin“British railway workers ready to strike against austerity“
- Ronan Burtenshaw, Jacobin“Striking British railway workers draw establishment hatred“
- Matthew Weaver, The Guardian“Mick Lynch: Rail Union Bruiser who is more than a game for the media“
- Gwyn Topham and Tom Ambroise, The Guardian“Rail services halted as RMT rail strike enters day three“
- Jasper Joly, The Guardian“Railway workers will strike across Britain on July 27, union announces“
- Mel Buer, The Real News Network, “Corporate billionaires destroy the supply chain. Just look at the railroads“
Permanent connections below…
Highlighted Music (everything songs from of the Free Music Archive: freemusicarchive.org)
- Jules Taylor,The workers theme song
The transcript of this interview will be available as soon as possible.
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