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PRIVATISATION director of rail, Mark Lambirth, reportedly The time has also come not just to Page 8 described the future to senior industry listen to but to act on the concerns of THE FACTS ABOUT FARE PRICES figures. working people. At the same time, a “strategic review” That means the only legitimate war is Page 9 of Northern Rail has been launched a war on poverty. PARLIAMENTARY COLUMN which threatens to slash essential local It means public services in public services. hands and no more taxpayers’ money to Page 10 These are just some of the reasons subsidise privateers’ profits. DRUGS AND ALCOHOL - TESTING why RMT launched the Rail Against It means taking action to reverse the TIMES Privatisation campaign to bring Britain’s dangerous decline in UK shipping jobs Page 12 railways back into public ownership. that threatens Britain’s status as a ENGINEERING CONFERENCE - The overwhelming majority of people maritime nation. TOWARDS NATIONAL BARGAINING want to get back on track to reduce It means ditching for good any plans pollution by increasing the use of rail, to privatise Scotland’s lifeline Caledonian Page 14 bus and other environmentally friendly MacBrayne ferry services. TRAIN CREW - SAVE OUR RAILWAYS transport modes at affordable fares. It means ensuring that working people Page 16 We have seen the benefits of public get a decent standard of living in YOUNG MEMBERS MEET ownership since South Eastern Trains was retirement and acting to end attacks on taken back into public ownership, after pension rights Page 17 Connex was kicked off the franchise. And it means making real progress on SAVE THE OLDHAM LOOP Services on SET have improved workers’ rights and bringing Britain’s steadily, staffing levels and morale are up labour legislation back on the right side Page 18 and it’s costing the taxpayer £1 million a of international law. SHIPPING NEWS month less in subsidy. Drug and alcohol testing has been a Pages 20 Rail privatisation continues to be a controversial issue since its introduction TOLPUDDLE MARTYRS disaster and is leading to a continuing over ten years ago. This union does not spiral of lack of investment and service condone the use of drugs and alcohol on Page 22 cuts. The government’s Railway Act now the job, yet the number of incidents UNION LEARNING FUND poses a threat to the very existence of involving incapacity due to drugs and Page 24 rural branch lines with the imposition of alcohol remains very low. TONY BENN SAYS NO THE EU so-called Community projects. Nevertheless, increased testing is being CONSTITUTION RAP got the arguments for aggressively pursued by employers renationalisation into the public arena without consultation with this union, and Page 25 during the recent general election and there are worrying sign that it is being PRESIDENT’S COLUMN put candidates on the spot. increasingly used as a stick to beat staff The results of that election should give and even to target and intimidate union Page 26 a sharp warning to the government that reps. A NHS NIGHTMARE FROM COLIN FOX it is time to listen to the concerns of The time has come for national Page 27 working people – the genuine voice of standards which take into account the WOMEN’S PAGE labour. reality on the ground. Employers need to Britain has clearly shown that it support staff, not treat them like Page 28 doesn’t want a Tory government, but the criminals. BOOK REVIEW huge dent in Labour’s majority and the Fianally, in line with our policy of Page 29 huge number of voters staying at home continually improving services, I hope CLASSIFIED/LETTER/PRIZE show that Britain doesn’t want a Labour you enjoy your new-look RMT news. CROSSWORD government pursuing Tory policies either. Labour’s vote went down to 36 per Best wishes Page 30 cent due to the illegal war on Iraq and HOW TO JOIN THE CREDIT UNION the implementation of Tory policies of privatisation and cuts. The time has come 3 RMTnews :: may 2005 LONDON RECOGNITION DEAL FOR CALLING! EUROSTAR Interested in paid SECURITY voluntary telephone work? GUARDS RMT has just been awarded full union recognition RMT is looking for people to service will also be used to for 200 security guards working on the Eurostar undertake paid telephone work contact members on various contract located at Waterloo International, the North at Unity House to encourage issues including missing Pole depot and Ashford. people to contact lapsed membership detail etc. members to encourage them to Anyone applying should They were employed by Securitas until recently rejoin the union. have a knowledge of RMT and when they were TUPED over to Chubb. Earlier in the year, the union possess strong telephone made use of a trade-union communication skills. The work RMT won recognition thanks to a lot of great work friendly call centre, based in will be on a casual basis for by local rep Billy Kelly and Eurostar Passenger Edinburgh, to contact lapsed around £10 per hour for a three- Services branch secretary Mick Lynch. members. This proved to be a hour shift each night, although “They never gave up during this two-year battle to great success, with a large this has yet to be finalised. number of members rejoining The Call Centre will be set up win RMT recognition for guards performing security the union. with advice from a manager at in the rail industry,” said Alan Pottage of the union’s As a consequence, RMT the centre in Edinburgh and full organising unit. wants to carry out a trial in- training will be provided. house call centre, based at Unity House, outside of normal If you know of anyone who working hours, operating a few would be interested, please write evenings each month. The to either of: Alan Pottage Peter Waters RMT National Organising Manager RMT Membership Manager Maritime House (Side Entrance) Unity House Clapham Old Town 39 Chalton Street London SW4 0JW London NW1 1JD Members Helpline Freephone 0800 376 3706 Open six days a week 8am until 6pm e-mail: email@example.com Legal helpline: 0800 587 7516 Seven days a week 4 may 2005 :: RMTnews INITIAL CITY LINK STAFF STRIKE AGAINST LOW PAY HUNDREDS of RMT members at RMT general secretary Bob that they are no longer prepared round the table with us and Initial City Link took strike Crow said that the company had to tolerate City Link pay rates thrash out a decent settlement," action for 24 hours earlier this rewarded members' contribution that in some cases barely Bob Crow said. month after the company to the growth of its profits with register above the minimum The dispute involves Initial compounded low pay in the a “shameful, indecent and wage,” he said. City Link staff at Ashford, company by imposing a below- frankly unacceptable pay cut". RMT's drive to end low pay Cardiff, Carlisle, Exeter, London inflation wage increase. "Our members have indicated has struck a chord among Initial Central, London North, London City Link workers, and South, Heston, Norwich, Park membership levels have grown Royal, Plymouth, Rochester, substantially. Swansea, Tonbridge and The union has made it clear Sunbury. to the company that it was Current basic pay rates for happy to talk, but imposing a drivers range from £4.97 an pay cut would not help. hour – which will be below the "If Rentokil-Initial really is new national minimum wage of committed to high standards of £5.05 due in October – for the behaviour in relation to all its lowest-paid at Swansea to £6.71 employees,' as it claims to be on an hour for the highest paid at its website, then it will make Ashford, Norwich and sure that City Link management Tonbridge. In London the rates accept the need to abolish are between £6.09 and £6.50 an below-subsistence pay, get hour. Transport for London staff strike STRIKE AT ‘ONE’ HUNDREDS of RMT members at Transport for London took strike action NEARLY 300 conductors ticket examiners and revenue earlier this month over the breakdown in industrial relations after voting protection inspectors at train operating company One will by a margin of six to one for action. strike on Saturday May 21 and Tuesday June 7 over the Around 230 members working in TfL’s call centre and information centres, company’s failure to offer a new technology payment for the London Transport Museum, office staff and as revenue control the introduction of new Avantix ticketing machines. inspectors, bus controllers and staff instructors took action following the The company accepts that the machines will initially failure to resolve a series of disputes. slow revenue collection, and that will affect staff income. RMT general secretary Bob Crow said that it was a These include the introduction of a new mystery why One was refusing to agree a deal as other attendance and disciplinary a code without consultation; failure to consult National Express subsidiaries had already made payments call-centre staff over a move to a for the introduction of these machines. temporary new base – which members .“In the long run the company stands to make believe is the first step to exporting the enormous gains and it is only right that the workforce call-centre work overseas; redundancy of should share in them. Transport Museum staff and failure to “The company’s offer of one per cent on commission resolve outstanding safety issues for 12 weeks is unlikely to cover our members’ lost concerning revenue control inspectors. income, and means that the workforce is effectively being asked to subsidise the introduction of new technology,” he RMT made it clear that it was prepared said. to talk to resolve the situation and told PICKET: TfL staff picketed TfL The union has been negotiating since last October, and TfL that it would would achieve nothing headquarters at Windsor House, by “burying its head in the sand”.. Victoria Street, and LUL has already suspended a ballot to allow further talks to headquarters at 55 The Broadway take place, but One have not budged so far. 5 RMTnews :: may 2005 TOM DOES A Yvonne’s personal best MARATHON VETERAN RMT member Tom Angus ran the London Marathon in five RMT member Yvonne Scarrott ran the London marathon for 'Kith and Kids', a London based charity for disabled children and young people. hours 45 minutes last month in aid of the union’s orphan fund. This was her third Marathon After months of training, Tom and she achieved a personal best completed the gruelling 25 mile of three hours 18 minutes, event in order to raise hundreds of beating her previous personal pounds for the orphaned children of best of three hours 54 minutes. union members. Tom complained, with a hint of irony, that it had not been a fair race as Paula Radcliffe had started nearly an hour earlier. “I had no chance of catching her up after that,” he said. 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As well as offering expertise in a wide range of subjects we have specialists in employment law, personal injury, accidents at sea, diver’s claims and clinical negligence claims Home visits and telephone appointments can be arranged where appropriate 19 South St. Mary's Tel. 01472 311711 Gate Grimsby, North East www.bridgemcfarland.co.uk Lincolnshire DN31 1JE e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 6 may 2005 :: RMTnews STUC CONGRESS CONDEMNS FERRY PRIVATISATION STUC congress condemn Scottish Executive's attempts to privatise the essential lifeline ferry services operated on the Clyde and to the Western Isles by Caledonian MacBrayne RMT SCOTTISH regional organiser Phil RMT general secretary Bob Crow recalled Rail nationalisation was agreed at Labour McGarry said that maritime unions and the that rail privatisation had been carried out conference last year, Bob pointed out. STUC are working tirelessly along with the in line with an EU directive on separating "If it's Labour Party policy, how come it island communities to halt the tendering infrastructure from train operations and doesn't go in the manifesto?" he asked, process. forcing "competition" on to the railways. stressing that it would help Labour's other "There are clear alternatives to tendering This approach had also been behind the policies and bring in more money to invest the services, as shown in the report by demand to privatise the CalMac ferry in health and education. economist Jeannette Findlay of Glasgow services in Scotland, Mr Crow pointed out. University," he noted. He told conference that he felt that he "Let's send a clear message from this had to lie down in a dark room after congress. CalMac is not for sale - lifeline hearing Transport Secretary Alistair public services must stay in public hands." Darling's speech. On the launch of the RAP campaign, "Yesterday, Alistair Darling told you he congress also unanimously backed calls for wasn't going to renationalise the railways - renationalisation and for specific powers for and you applauded him at the end of his the Scottish Executive to take the country's speech," noted Mr Crow. passenger services back under public "You should have told him to go and get control. stuffed," he added, to laughter and applause. STUC delegation at Dundee You have the right to be accompanied at Investigatory Hearings AN article in a Labour Research publication recently cast doubt on whether members could insist on being accompanied at an investigatory hearing. However, the right to be accompanied was established by RMT at an Employment Appeal Tribunal and as far as the union is concerned this right still exists. Some managers may now refuse to allow members to have a representative in attendance. Therefore, the memorandum reproduced here has been sent to branches so that members can use it if necessary. Copies of the letter can also be obtained by phoning the RMT helpline. 7 RMTnews :: may 2005 RMT REVEALS ALL COUNTRY ANNUAL SECOND-CLASS FARES Netherlands Germany £1,382.68 £2,046.90 2,026.5 Euros, all zones in the Netherlands 3,000 Euros, unlimited travel throughout Germany THE FACTS CITY REGIONAL FARES Paris 'Carte Integrale' £946.49 E1,387.2 zones 1-8 approx 20-mile radius ABOUT FARE approx 20 miles radius Madrid Annual C2 Zones £507.36 E743.6 approx 40-mile radius Berlin £818.76 cE1,200, approx 40-mile radius London Zones 1-6 £1,580.00 approx 15-mile radius PRICES UNDER ANNUAL SEASON TICKETS 2005 STATION MILES COST Yearly £ per return miles % Germany % N’lands PRIVATISATION Apsley Arlesey Ashwell & Morden Baldock 23 36 40 35 £2,400.00 £2,904.00 £3,012.00 £2,924.00 £52.2 £40.3 £37.7 £41.8 117% 142% 147% 143% 174% 210% 218% 211% Basildon 24 £1,860.00 £38.8 91% 135% Fares in London Bayford Berkhamsted Biggleswade 15 27 41 £1,784.00 £2,628.00 £2,968.00 £59.5 £48.7 £36.2 87% 128% 145% 129% 190% 215% Bletchley 46 £2,840.00 £30.9 139% 205% and South East up Bracknell Brighton Brookmans Pk 32 50 14 £2,412.00 £2,952.00 £1,560.00 £37.7 £29.5 £55.7 118% 144% 76% 174% 213% 113% Bushey 15 £1,692.00 £56.4 83% 122% to three times as Cambridge Crawley Cuffley 55 30 12 £3,264.00 £2,952.00 £1,308.00 £29.7 £49.2 £54.5 159% 144% 64% 236% 213% 95% expensive as other Downham Market E Grinstead Ely Foxton 86 28 70 50 £3,724.00 £1,692.00 £3,324.00 £3,136.00 £21.7 £30.2 £23.7 £31.4 182% 83% 162% 153% 269% 122% 240% 227% European Garston Grantham Gravesend 18 105 24 £2,100.00 £5,560.00 £1,692.00 £58.3 £26.5 £35.3 103% 272% 83% 152% 402% 122% Grays 19 £1,512.00 £39.8 74% 109% conurbations Hatfield Haywards Hth Hemel Hempstead 17 37 23 £1,920.00 £1,740.00 £2,504.00 £56.5 £23.5 £54.4 94% 85% 122% 139% 126% 181% Hertford N 18 £2,024.00 £56.2 99% 146% SEASON TICKETS and travel cards in other European Hitchin 31 £2,748.00 £44.3 134% 199% Huntingdon 58 £3,432.00 £29.6 168% 248% conurbations cost a fraction of those in London Kempston Hardwick 58 £3,264.00 £28.1 159% 236% and the South East, a new RMT study has Kings Lynn 96 £3,956.00 £20.6 193% 286% Knebworth 25 £2,340.00 £46.8 114% 169% revealed. Leigh-on-Sea 32 £2,224.00 £34.8 109% 161% Released during the RMT Rail Against Leighton B’rd 40 £2,816.00 £35.2 138% 204% Letchworth 33 £2,924.00 £44.3 143% 211% Privatisation campaign, the study shows that in Littleport 76 £3,452.00 £22.7 169% 250% the Netherlands and Germany, commuters can Maidenhead 24 £2,140.00 £44.6 105% 155% buy an annual go-anywhere ticket for £1,382.68 Maidstone 39 £2,492.00 £31.9 122% 180% Meldreth 47 £3,136.00 £33.4 153% 227% and £2,046.90 respectively – compared with cost Milton K’nes 49 £3,284.00 £33.5 160% 238% of a season into London from Milton Keynes, at Newark 120 £6,068.00 £25.3 296% 439% Northampton 65 £3,536.00 £27.2 173% 256% £3,284, Huntingdon at £3,432, or Brighton, at Peterborough 76 £4,988.00 £32.8 244% 361% £2,952. (incl GNER) Peterborough 76 £3,740.00 £24.6 183% 270% London travelcards also compare (WAGN only) Potters Bar 12 £1,480.00 £61.7 72% 107% unfavourably with European neighbours, with Purfleet 15 £1,512.00 £50.4 74% 109% the cost in London, for travel in an approximate Reading (any co) 35 £2,916.00 £41.7 142% 211% 15-mile radius from the centre, at £1,580, Royston 43 £3,136.00 £36.5 153% 227% Sandy 44 £2,996.00 £34.0 146% 217% compared to Madrid (40-mile radius) at £510, Shepreth 48 £3,136.00 £32.7 153% 227% Berlin (40-mile radius) at £829 and Paris (20- Shoeburyness 39 £2,392.00 £30.7 117% 173% Southend 35 £2,300.00 £32.9 112% 166% mile radius) at £950. St Albans Aby 23 £2,224.00 £48.3 109% 161% In the report, widely covered by the media, St Neots 51 £3,220.00 £31.6 157% 233% Stevenage 27 £2,560.00 £47.4 125% 185% the union pointed out that the private sector was Thorpe Bay 37 £2,392.00 £32.3 117% 173% taking out a billion pounds a year from the Tilbury Town 21 £1,512.00 £36.0 74% 109% railways and £2 million a week from the Tube. Tring 31 £2,816.00 £45.4 138% 204% Waterbeach 61 £3,264.00 £26.8 159% 236% “Is it any wonder that commuters are paying Watford Jctn 17 £2,064.00 £60.7 101% 149% through the nose for their season tickets?” RMT Watlington 90 £3,788.00 £21.0 185% 274% Watton-at-Stone 22 £2,208.00 £50.2 108% 160% general secretary Bob Crow said. Welham Grn 15 £1,728.00 £57.6 84% 125% “Commuters in European countries where the Welwyn Garden City 20 £2,060.00 £51.5 101% 149% Welwyn N 22 £2,172.00 £49.4 106% 157% railways remain in public hands pay a fraction Westcliff 34 £2,300.00 £33.8 112% 166% of season ticket costs here. Woburn Sands 50 £3,264.00 £32.6 159% 236% Wokingham 36 £2,932.00 £40.7 143% 212% “The time has come to draw the line under Wolverton 52 £3,284.00 £31.6 160% 238% privatisation and bring our rail and Tube back Prices converted at Euro = £0.6823 into the public sector where they belong,” Bob Crow said. 8 may 2005 :: RMTnews MERSEYRAIL GUARDS SET FOUR Parliamentary column STRIKE DATES IN 35-HOUR WEEK DISPUTE Back to RMT GUARDS at Merseyrail are to strike on Saturday May 21, “The offer that emerged from the mediation process was campaigning in Saturday May 28, Friday June 10 and Saturday July 9 after essentially no different from the one they have already taken Parliament decisively rejecting unacceptable strings attached to the strike action over. “Merseyrail still want our W hen you examine the details of the election results constituency by constituency you will find that on average members of the RMT Parliamentary group gained better results at company’s 35-hour week members to pay for their 35- proposals. hour week by losing rest days the polls than most other Labour MPs. In a ballot of the 170 and they have found that just as The reasons are obvious. In addition to the fantastic campaigning members, the company’s offer unacceptable now as it was in support from the union and its membership, RMT parliamentary was rejected by 104 votes to 13 March. candidates were campaigning on a clear programme of the – a margin of eight to one. “We have been waiting for union’s policies which included public ownership of the rail “Our members have once four years for this issue to be industry, an end to privatisation, and decent pay, conditions and more voted decisively to reject resolved, and the company has pensions. an offer from Merseyrail that no-one to blame but itself for As the union’s national march proved, the demand for bringing rail gives with one hand and takes the disruption its intransigence back into public ownership and control proved to be a popular away with the other,” RMT is causing,” he said. issue on the doorstep. Opinion poll after opinion poll have general secretary Bob Crow said. demonstrated not only widespread support for this policy but also large scale opposition to privatisation not just in the rail industry but public services overall. Centra Buses breach health The question in this new Parliament is whether the government is and safety rules to break strike listening. In his first speech after the election result, the Prime Minister said that he would listen and learn from what was being RMT reported ‘serious breaches’ for up to 24 hours, in clear said on the doorsteps in the campaign. However, within days he announced that his third term in office would be “unremittingly of safety rules by Centra Buses contravention of driving hours New Labour” and he went on to appoint a series of ministers who in the company’s attempt to regulations. are drawn from a narrow circle of what can only be described as break strike action in south The union fears that Centra is New Labour zealots, transferred in from the SDP or the Tory party. London earlier this month by placing the public in serious employing unqualified agency danger by flouting safety rules The Prime Minister’s programme for the new session of Parliament set out in the Queen’s speech does not provide much staff. rather than negotiate a evidence of a government listening or learning. The union asked the health and settlement to the dispute behind safety inspectorate to pay an the stoppage. Not only does it fail to address the question of public ownership emergency visit to the Croydon The RMT claim is for a basic of the rail industry but it has a continuing and underlying theme of depot over fears that agency £500 weekly wage, equal privatisation of public services. Even the justice system is now not drivers without appropriate contracts and pay for all immune from the privatisation threat as the government has committed itself to further privatisation of the prisons and passenger carrying vehicle employees, no zero-hours probation service. In health and education services the use of the licenses (PCVs) are being used contracts, adequate annual private sector and the promotion of private control of services by Centra. leave, sick-pay from day one of threatening to gather momentum in the coming period. There were also reports that employment, full rostered agency drivers have been earnings for victims of assaults, Within the long list of legislation proposed in this session of instructed to remain with fair allocation of overtime and Parliament which is to last 18 months there is little sign of the Warwick agreement reforms promised to the trade unions before vehicles and available to drive an end to victimisation. the election. Lurking behind the legislative programme is the continuing fear that the Government is to press ahead with the mass job cuts in the civil service and the planned reduction in SUNDERLAND RAIL SERVICES UNDER THREAT public sector pension benefits. In addition, the government is RMT reacted angrily to the happen exactly a year after the proposing changes to incapacity benefits which will require close scrutiny if we are to head off cuts in benefits and the introduction Strategic Rail Authority’s Trans-Pennine Express services of a regime which will penalise the sick and disabled. insistence that halving rail from Sunderland to Manchester services linking Sunderland and York, Leeds and Liverpool were Throughout this new session, the RMT Parliamentary group will the Metro shopping Centre at axed. continue to work with the union to monitor legislation and issues Gateshead are ‘a good idea’. “I am not sure what the city as they progresses through Parliament and will be speaking up to RMT general secretary Bob has done wrong, but it appears represent the interests of RMT members, seeking to amend the legislation wherever possible and if necessary oppose anything Crow slammed the drastic cut to that the SRA is determined to which in our judgement and the judgement of the union an important rail link, and send Sunderland to Coventry, undermines the rights and quality of life of RMT members and questioned how the SRA could because year on year it is being their families. RMT members can rest assured that our union will describe it as a ‘good idea’. isolated from the rest of the have once again a strong and powerful voice in this Parliament. “It is even more astonishing national rail network,” Bob said. because the latest cut is due to John McDonnell MP For Hayes and Harlington RMT Parliamentary group convenor 9 TESTING Time for national standards for drug and alcohol testing 10 may 2005 :: RMTnews was used, it must provide an TIMES accurate result so as to avoid any member being falsely accused and possibly losing their jobs. This was eventually agreed and a contract awarded to the Health & Safety Laboratory to carry out a study of the various methods of drug testing, and in particular the efficacy of oral fluid/saliva T he application of drugs and alcohol testing has been seen as a controversial issue since its Network Rail as a positive result invariably results in instant dismissal. Moreover, six Tube appropriate guidelines, leaving staff ignorant of procedures and dangers. testing. The outcome of that study was recently considered by the introduction on the railways maintenance workers that tested The selection process for General Grades Committee. They back in 1992. negative were still sacked by random testing is also open to noted that the accuracy of oral It is an offence under Metronet last year after empty question as private healthcare fluid testing was largely sections 27 and 28 of the beer cans were found in a providers often attend the equivalent to that achieved Transport and Works Act 1992 widely-used mess room. nearest depot and test all the through urine testing, but as the for employees to carry out, and Excessive waiting time for staff that happen to be around introduction of oral fluid testing for employers to allow screening has also led to staff rather than employing a more could raise other concerns, it employees to carry out safety being held against their will systematic method which would was felt that Branches should be critical tasks while under the after the end of their shift and be less open to abuse. This lack sent a summary of the study influence of drugs or alcohol. the withholding of food and of an objective process has also findings and their views sought The union endorses the view drink. led to allegations that trade on the matter. that coming to work under the Other issues include a routine union activists are being In particular, the study influence of drugs or alcohol is lack of facilities for urine disproportionately targeted for highlighted the fact that the unacceptable. However, it should samples to be taken with dignity drug and alcohol testing. adoption of oral fluid testing also be recognised that the in private, leading to unhygienic FAIR TREATMENT could also affect the time number of incidents involving practices. normally needed to obtain drugs and alcohol at work are Assistant general secretary The union has requested samples which may be far very low. Mick Cash said that transport meetings with Network Rail to quicker and, therefore, may not Moreover, it has been widely workers face some of the most discuss all these concerns. RMT need staff rosters to be altered. reported that testing has been stringent testing around, general secretary Bob Crow has Also, the time window for the used as a stick to beat and including unannounced testing made clear that the manner in detection of most drugs in oral intimidate staff. Drug and which was imposed by Network which drug and alcohol policies fluid is shorter than in urine, alcohol policies are also reported Rail 18 months ago without were being carried out created a and so may indicate a closer to be applied in a draconian consultation with the union. lot of anger and undermined relationship with actual manner with little attention He said that the problem was confidence in the system. impairment at the time of being given to education and not testing as such but the “The present situation is testing. treatment. arbitrary and uneven way the leading to a breakdown of The different time windows Positive drug tests resulting company had imposed the consensus on this issue. could also have implications from over the counter policy. “What is required are where staff from different medications that create little or “The puritanical and heavy- national standards underpinned companies may work alongside no relation to work performance handed zeal with which these by fair treatment of staff,” he each other, but each of those have also led to knee-jerk tests are carried out are causing said. companies have different dismissals. problems for staff,” he said. Bob said that if there is no methods of testing. In such a Last year’s report of the Mick said that it appeared the satisfactory outcome to the talks situation, it is possible that Independent Inquiry into Drug principle driving Network Rail then members will be consulted workers having ingested the Testing at Work concluded, D&A policy, including the and industrial action would not same amount of following an 18-month imposition of unannounced be ruled out. drug/medication at the same investigation, that some drug testing was the need to save ALTERNATIVE DRUG TESTING time, could obtain different testing methods were a "costly money. METHODS results and divisive" way of managing “Previously, staff were Branches are advised that employees, and was an booked off in order to have In response to proposals a few their views in this matter should "inappropriate use of managerial testing carried out but now years ago for the use of mouth be submitted before the end of power". testing is carried out on the job. swabs to collect oral fluid for July and in the meantime local The TUC reported to the “This can clearly affect staff drug screening purposes, the or company level representatives inquiry that while appropriate performance as they may be RMT called upon the rail should not engage in any for staff in safety critical posts it distracted by such a trauma and industry to commission discussions with management “should be part of a their mind might not be on the independent research to evaluate on the possible introduction of comprehensive safety strategy job,” he said. the various drug testing oral fluid testing. Any such that includes support for staff There have also been methods. proposal by an individual who test positive”. widespread complaints that Our aim was to ensure that company should be reported to This is clearly not the case at some employers have not issued whatever method of screening head office immediately. 11 RMTnews :: may 2005 Towards national Engineering grades meeting in Sheffield Network Rail’s own code stated what drugs rendered workers agreed to convene a special two-day unfit for work under rule 3.2 and this imformation should be conference to discuss the need for national more widely distributed. IMPLEMENT WELFARE RULES collective bargaining Conference agreed that it was time that Health and Safety DELEGATES agreed that the conditions and the health and Electrical and Track London Executive (HSE) union should campaign for a safety of all our infrastructure Underground said that the recommendations for provision “comprehensive and members,” he said. computers being used to pick of welfare facilities at meaningful” collective Bill Rawcliffe, York and out staff for testing were very infrastructure maintenance and bargaining machinery for grades District reminded conference impressive as very often they renewal sites. covered by conference, that being brought back in- chose RMT reps. Brendan Kelly, Bristol Rail including those still outside house was not a cure-all. Dave Hobbs, Newport said said that some contractors Network Rail. “Network Rail is not British that testing was being carried ignore health and safety Steve Smart, March and Rail, it is driven by cost and out by “shoddy” contract firms recommendations for welfare District said that harmonising profit,” he said. and that there was clearly a facilities for transient workers. the myriad of different pay rates Danny McNicol, East need to inform members what These facilities include and conditions would be a long Midlands warned that the sort their rights are. adequate washing, toilet, rest and difficult task, but it had to of harmonisation required would Assistant general secretary and changing facilities and be done. “come to nothing” if PT&R Mick Cash said that increasingly somewhere clean to eat and “In Network Rail we are arrangements were not protected Network Rail was bringing in drink during breaks. looking at a clean sheet of paper and abuses investigated random screening. “Now many people have been on which to create a system for thoroughly by the union. “This is being done without transferred over to Network Rail the betterment of all,” he said. Conference resolved to consultation with the union and it is time for a new start and Mark Farrington, convene a special two-day the consensus on the issue is start spending some profits on Warrington District warned that conference at the earliest breaking down,” he said. decent facilities for the the use of ‘role clarity’ could be opportunity. Greg Hewitt, Brighton workforce. used to “blur grades” and reported that staff were being “If we are still discussing undermine conditions. DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING forced to give urine samples on this issue next year with no “We need to protect grade Drug and alcohol testing the track without “dignity of improvements we will have structures in this process and methods should be reviewed and privacy”. failed as a union,” he warned. stop management abandoning those tested should not be kept Willie Devlin, SET London Gerry McCann, Ayr added competency levels,” he said. beyond their normal hours of Underground said it was that many female workers were John Boyle, Wishaw and work, conference agreed. necessary to find out what was coming into the industry, Motherwell said that those Steve Wallace, Fort William going on in each area in order making it even more important private companies not brought said he had been held for hours to establish national standards. “to get this sorted out once and back in-house under Network after work for a drug and “In LUL we had the case of for all”. Rail were ignoring procedures alcohol test. the Farringdon Five where staff Peter Trend, reporting for and making people redundant. “This is false imprisonment were found to be negative and the Council of Executives, said “We need one standard and constituents a breach of were still sacked” he said. that the union had made across the industry ensure the human rights,” he said. Barry West, Cornwall Mid representations to Network Rail protection of jobs, pay, Doug Hammersley, Signal, West reminded conference that over the issue and the union’s 12 may 2005 :: RMTnews bargaining position was being moved provision rules should be sector. importance of a strong and forward. published in the union journal Doug Hammersley said that united membership in securing Barry West said that under to ensure the widest possible Tube privatisation had resulted the protection of jobs and health and safety rules there was distribution of information. in engineering workers going improvements in pay, conditions a clear duty of the employers to over to the profit-driven private and health and safety. provide welfare. END PPP contractors Tubelines and He said after a local audit he “There is a need to educate Conference called on the union Metronet. was shocked to find the how members on the dangers of to continue to campaign for “What has happened to many people were not members unhygienic practices and inform London Underground Limited mainline staff following of the union. them of their rights,” he said. engineering infrastructure to be privatisation is happening to us Peter Skelly, Bridgend He suggested that welfare brought back into the public now. Llantrisant and District said the “Now whenever there is a union had agreement from problem they do not talk about Network Rail for the union to safety, they ask if it a case of attend induction courses to ‘variance of contract’, in other explain the benefits of RMT words are they liable,” he said. membership. Willie Devlin said that these “We have a right to attend all infracos were lining their induction courses and where pockets at the expense of the this isn’t happening the union workforce and the taxpayer. should be informed,” he said. “They are disbanding gangs Gerry McCann said that one and handing the work over to key area was the need to recruit sub-contractors. health and safety reps which “This union should not rest represent a very important of until Tube infrastructure is back the union’s work. in-house where it belongs,” he Gerry Hitchins of the RMT said. organising unit highlighted the problems at Grant Rail, where RECRUITMENT AND the company will presently only ORGANISATION recognise the union for those Conference agreed that it was staff recently transferred from necessary to encourage members Jarvis. Martin Valente and local reps to pro-actively “We should have recognition recruit members and build the rights for all infrastructure union at the workplace. members,” he said. John Boyle outlined the GRANT RAIL RMT MEMBER MARTIN VALENTE GIVES HIS THOUGHTS ON HIS FIRST GRADES CONFERENCE This gives me the opportunity to to Grant Rail RMT members and his thank everyone at the conference for determination to achieve our goal of their support for every RMT member at recognition. Grant Rail. I will be informing them How every delegate showed, by the that Grant Rail workers have the way they spoke to me, that they are all support of so many in our fight for behind us. recognition. I’ll try and make them feel as I do I will be telling them about the that we are now part of a strong hard work being done by Gerry transport union, a union that will Hitchin and the organising team on always be there for us. our behalf. So going to the conference has I will be telling them about the made me stronger as a union rep. As I speech made by our secretary Bob left I felt that I could take on Grant Crow and how he referred many times Rail any day, but don’t tell them that. 13 RMTnews :: may 2005 SAVE OUR A packed RMT train crew conference in Edinburgh called for the defence represented a serious threat to the very existence of many rural lines Ed Fontaine, Plymouth warned conference. “Handing these lines over to of national rail services and the role rail enthusiasts would be a prelude to closure or the of the guard creation of small private rail societies. “This means fare increases, CONFERENCE agreed that the the role of the guard. passenger groups. replacing services with buses Railways Act, Community Rail Greg Tucker, Waterloo said Craig Johnston, Carlisle City and job losses and this union partnerships, the re-privatisation it was necessary to develop an said that if the government should not stand back and allow of South Eastern Trains, industry-wide strategy that really wanted to reduce branch lines to close without an contingency plans and the clearly defines the role of the subsidies and save money it almighty fight,” he said. Northern Rail review all guard and restricts companies should bring the railways back Pat Sikorski said that the represented threats to jobs, from diluting safety into public ownership and “kick current crisis was due to services and the role of the responsibilities in the pursuit of the profiteers off the network”. government policies that guard. profit. Growing uncertainty over allowed the drive for profit to Craig Johnston, Carlisle City Assistant general secretary Northern Rail has been be put in front of the interests said it was appaling that train Pat Sikorski said that the new heightened by comments made of the industry. operating companies were revamped guard’s charter by Director of Rail Strategy and “Community Rail represents undermining the rulebook by outlined the role of the guard, Resources Mark Lambirth who Beech-style cuts that leaves imposing secretive so-called including in the event of the warned senior industry figures rural and regional lines to be “contingency plans”. failure of on-train safety that: “What you people have to run by enthusiasts as long as it “On Northern Rail this has devices. understand is that the future is lasts, bearing in mind that there meant that trains can remain in “We cannot allow the about service cuts and fares will only be short-term service with no emergency imposition of rule changes and increases.” subsidies. brake systems or TIS, contingency plans without These comments were even “All these issues are undermining safety on the rail consultation,” he said. more alarming given the powers encapsulated under the Rail network and representing a in the new Railways Act making Against Privatisation campaign threat to passengers and staff,” DEFEND NORTHERN RAIL it far easier for the government which points to the need of an he said. Conference agreed that the to cut rail services. integrated public transport Conference demanded the ongoing review of Northern Rail Conference called on the network,” he said. withdrawal of such contingency services taking place just union to fight any closures or plans and for action to be taken months after the creation of the bustitution plans that may come NATIONAL PAY BARGAINING if companies refused to do so. new franchise threatens cuts, out of the review of Northern The time has come to put into the replacement of services with Rail services. practice union policy of one ROLE OF THE GUARD buses and line closures. national pay system for all train Conference agreed that rule Alex Holden, Manchester DEFEND RURAL LINES crew grades, conference agreed. book changes, the introduction Victoria said that a massive Plans to introduce nearly 60 Greg Tucker, Waterloo said of new stock, refranchising and campaign was required to Community Rail Partnerships the union should work towards timetabling were undermining defend these services involving (CRPs) by the government common pay claims, based on common terms and conditions in all companies as part of a campaign for national collective pay bargaining. “Before World War Two this union achieved one national set of job descriptions, pay and conditions for all train crew when the network was in private hands. “It has been done before and we can do it again,” he said. 14 may 2005 :: RMTnews RAILWAYS Steve West, Manchester South said that ending the current fragmentation of terms and conditions was part of the wider campaign to ending the chaos caused by rail privatisation. FOR A FAIR DRUGS AND ALCOHOL POLICY Conference called for a fair, welfare-based drug and alcohol policy to replace the arbitrary policies presently in place which was based on pre-judgement and prejudice. Craig Johnston, Carlisle City said that conference supported RMT policy in not condoning being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while at work. “However, the policies have only one consistency, “if positive, you are guilty”, which always results in dismissal, and structures were looking for a RECOGNISE RMT DRIVERS Susan Marshall, Shrewsbury that mitigating circumstances unified policy and standard Conference agreed that RMT said that the same situation are never taken into account,” procedures. drivers working for C2C existed at Central Trains and she he said. He said that testing was not deserved representation rights. was “sick and tired” of being He described cases where “random” on London Danny Owen, North Thames dictated to by another union. staff have had their drinks Underground as claimed. said that the company was Greg Tucker, Waterloo spiked then tested and sacked. “In order to make up the refusing to negotiate with the pointed out that under British “Such policies have resulted numbers they test the spares in union and had entered a single Rail the union had negotiating in staff being branded as drug the depot. union deal with ASLEF. rights for drivers. “All we are takers or alcoholics, degraded, “But it is clear they won’t “This is an infringement of asking is to have them returned humiliated and stripped of their employ more spares to allow a basic human rights to join a to us,” he said. dignity,” he said. proper random procedure due to union and these single union Pat Sikorski said that the cost,” he said. ID CARDS deals should be scrapped,” he new union health and safety said. Conference agreed that should ID cards be introduced by the SSP leader addresses conference government, the union must resist any attempts by train operating companies to use staff Scottish Socialist Party inequality,” he said. as part of police, immigration or leader Colin Fox reminded He outlined plans for a security structures. delegates why the RMT in demonstration in Edinburgh on Brendan Glenn, Manchester Scotland opted to affiliate to the July 2 to ‘Make Poverty History’. South said that identity checks SSP. “As the local Scottish were not the job of train crew “We share the same Parliament member, I invite you and never should be. principles, policies and all to come along and campaign Bob Law, East London Line aspirations,” he said in a well- for democracy against said that staff could be exposing received speech. undemocratic organisations like themselves to violent attacks if “These principles are more the G8, the World Trade they were coerced into carrying relevant than they have ever Organisation, the IMF, the World out such duties. been, including the need to Bank and EU commissioners,” combat poverty, low pay and he said. 15 RMTnews :: may 2005 YOUNG MEMBERS MEET The second young member’s conference, held RMT to introduce a pension education programme. Young members need to gain in Nottingham, proved to be another the knowledge required to successful step towards firmly establishing this understand pension issues and how the government is dealing new RMT group, writes Nick Quirk with the question. Jubilee South & East London line branch requested that ALTHOUGH THE conference not just within the union but in supported by all RMT members. young members should be attendance was small, it still social society as well, Tony Gerry Hitchen of the RMT targeted for education so that proved that the young members Donaghey stated. organising unit agreed and said they can learn about the union in this union are passionate “The need to attract young that “its disappointing to be due to the negative image that about improving their pay and activists is vital for the future of here in South Yorkshire, an area the media have inflicted on conditions as well as their voice this union. full of trade union history and trade unionism. in the union. “There is still a lot of work to achievements only to discover Plymouth No.1 branch The predominant theme be done in shaping this young that many young people don’t introduced a motion calling on among the motions this year members conference, but this is even know what a trade union the union to investigate ways of was the need for serious a great attempt to involve is,” he said. giving financial assistance to recognition and rights for the young members within the It seems clear that the young members to ensure a young members section. union,” he said. motions from the conference better attendance at conference. Dave Giles, Jubilee South & Tony wanted to find out why need to be taken very seriously Without this support, it East London Line said: ‘I hate young members are not as for the future of the union. would make the continual being referred to as ‘the kids’, active as in the past, he claimed Education for the young growth of this section it’s about time the RMT treated that Thatcherism and now members was another big issue increasingly difficult and put off the young members respectfully.’ Blairism within the New labour at the conference. The media potential activists from In order to advertise the party had set back introducing has been dominated by pension attending future conferences. young member’s movement, young activists into politics and problems within the public Delegates agreed to finish many motions called upon the indeed trade unionism. sector which has led to all conference early to support the RMT news and recruitment The words socialism is members, particularly the recent Central Trains dispute We departments to produce deemed to be “bad” with the younger members, confused and achieved a lot at this conference propaganda aimed specifically current trend being not to be worried about the future of their and hopefully it can develop to at young members. politically motivated which is pension. attract more activists to have an There is a need to increase of why the young member’s A motion submitted by even better conference next activists amongst young people movement needs to be Plymouth No.1 branch urged year. 16 may 2005 :: RMTnews SAVE THE OLDHAM LOOP RAIL ROUTE! Train crew conference delegate Alex Holden figures, the money needed to outlines the case against handing the Oldham loop build the extensions has not been forthcoming and there is a line over to tram privateers local campaign called ‘Get our Metrolink back on track’. FOR MANY years railways and Now, no RMT member is the system is showing signs of The company even re-liveried tramways operated happily side going to argue against more age. It is estimated that it will one of the trams with a huge by side. However, in the middle public transport. However, cost around £100 million to logo carrying this message. of the last century, tramways in converting the Oldham loop to bring the infrastructure back to Ironically, that tram derailed in our towns and cities were light rail would not provide 1990 standards. This is money the city centre on old and dismantled, with only the additional public transport. It they have not got, yet they want shoddy ‘phase one’ track. Blackpool tramway remaining. would simply replace one mode to take more railway. With a closure order granted That was until a new of transport with another. The powers that be are on the Oldham Loop, the route generation of tramways came Furthermore, an objective look desperate for the expanded is living on borrowed time. along with names like at the options available reveals route. In 2002, when the closure A pre-Metrolink timetable of Supertram, Tramlink and that there are few benefits for of the Oldham Loop was only two trains an hour from Metrolink. In greater conversion. granted, a document supporting Victoria to Rochdale, stopping at Manchester, Metrolink won In fact, less money would be conversion claimed that journey all stations, has led to passenger widespread support and a better spent on improving times on trams would be far numbers dropping like stone. campaign was launched for the existing rail infrastructure, quicker than trains and there The service is due to revert to system to be expanded. rather than wasting millions on was far more capacity. the faster four trains per hour in Part of this ‘phase three’ chucking trains off the loop and However, these figures were each direction when the summer expansion takes in the heavy replacing them with trams. somewhat distorted. timetable comes into force, with rail route known as the Oldham Metrolink is essentially two The rail capacity comparison through trains to Wigan and loop, running from Manchester very good former rail routes was only for a single 142 set Merseyside also returning. to Rochdale. This route forms with a bit of on-street running and did not consider the 130 per Hopefully, passengers will the bulk of work at Manchester linking the two. The Bury and cent figure of seating capacity, a return as well but how long will Victoria depot as well as Wigan Altrincham lines were regarded figure that is routinely broken. the service remain? Wallgate. as good paying routes, with The tram capacity figure was What is clearly required is an It is true that the route is in trains regularly full of for a seating and standing end to the uncertainty once and need of investment. But that can passengers. Both were snatched capacity of four persons per for all and for the closure order be said for whole swathes of the from British Rail in 1989 and square metre of floor space. This to be repealed. The Oldham Loop rail network. Moreover, a lot of turned into the separate translates to 25 square could become part of an the problems on the Oldham privatised edifice called centimetres per passenger, integrated transport network loop come about as a direct Metrolink. probably less as the seats are which utilises the present result of the uncertainty Since then, very little has larger. infrastructure and provides a surrounding the route. been spent on infrastructure and Despite these distorted decent rail service. 17 RMTnews :: may 2005 SHIPPING RMT BATTLE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST SEAFARERS The RMT campaign to end the continued have to reside and be recruited abroad in order for the exemption to apply, discrimination against seafarers under the discrimination on other grounds is not allowed. above Act is gathering pace RMT has continued to raise this discriminatory legislation DISCRIMINATION against Free Movement of labour up to modern day standards, it when campaigning for UK seafarers is permitted through provisions. This confirms a still permits shipowners to seafarers employment. The issue an exemption in the 1976 Race recent statement made by the utilise foreign national seafarers was recently highlighted by the Relations Act. The government EU Transport Commissioner. on UK ships on exploitative TUC Deputy General Secretary have now been forced to rates of pay and long tours of Frances O’ Grady at the RMT concede a further review of AMMENDMENTS duty. Parliamentary Biennial General sections eight and nine of the In 2003 the government The amended Race Relations Meeting. Act and a consultation amended the 1976 Race Act made clear that the document is expected very soon. Relations Act and the exemption exemption is based on domicile NEW DEVELOPMENTS However, RMT has sought allowed for seafarers who are as opposed to race, colour or Arising from a statement by legal advice and the union have recruited abroad to work on UK ethnic origin which was the European Commission been advised that the ships. Despite attempts by the previously permitted. In practice transport spokesperson, discrimination on pay rates is government to pretend that the the discrimination is still based government lawyers have been not permissible under the EU legislation was being brought on nationality but the seafarers forced to examine whether UK 18 may 2005 :: RMTnews SHIPPING legislation complies with EC this year issue a consultation The RMT case is based on the following key points: law. exercise and the crucial question • Seafarers are in practice being discriminated against on the basis of European Commission will be how the link referred to their nationality even if they are domiciled abroad. officials stated that any EU above will be defined. If as a seafarer should be paid result of the consultation • The discrimination is being applied in British workplaces. Other industries employing workers from abroad would quite rightly be according to the home rate of exercise the law is changed to expected to pay UK rates of pay when in UK workplaces. the flag of the ship they serve outlaw discrimination against on, regardless of residence. In EU seafarers on EU ships this • Despite all the arguments about being competitive in a global industry the UK shipping industry should not be able to escape these effect, this would mean that could significantly reduce the minimum standards. Spanish, Polish or any other EU ability of shipowners to utilise nationals could not be low cost seafarers at the • The arguments of residence are not valid, and for seafarers discriminated against on pay expense of UK seafaring permanently engaged they are actually living abroad the UK vessels for approximately 10 out of 12 months in any one-year. This is when compared with resident nationals. because of the more intensive work patterns on which foreign UK seafarers employed on board RMT shipping secretary Steve nationals are engaged. UK flagged ships. Todd said that the union is Following questions from determined to ensure that the • The Race Relations Act and other equality legislation should in principal be universally applicable. unions in the Shipping Task reforms to the legislation are Force Working Group the carried out effectively. • The arguments used by the shipowners are of course very similar to Department of Transport have “We have sought senior legal the arguments that have been used by employers when seeking to now stated that, after receipt of opinion and I am pleased to avoid other legislation on minimum standards and equal rights. legal advice, they have report that we have been • It is not acceptable for the government to be blackmailed from concluded that sections eight advised that the discrimination implementing equality legislation on the basis of threats to flag out and nine of the 1976 Race under the 1976 Race Relations vessels. Relations Act will have to be Act falls foul of the EU Freedom • Employment for UK seafaring ratings continues to decline. The reviewed. of Movement provisions,” he Chamber state that ships will desert the UK Flag but the simple reality The advice from government said. is that currently ships are joining the UK register without any UK lawyers apparently states that if The union will be guarding seafarers employed. a close enough link (to be against the possibility that the • Because of the cloak of respectability of the UK Flag, shipping defined) existed between an EEA discrimination is allowed to companies are taking advantage of the lack of minimum standards seafarer and the flag state of the effectively continue without (compared with other North West European states), and engaging ship on which they are working, formal complaints being lodged seafarers on rates of pay below the minimum wage. they could not be paid at a by individual seafarers. A • Contrary to statements made by the Chamber of Shipping, if the differential rate from resident further update will be given in government allow the legislation to continue in its current form the seafarers of the flag state. next month’s RMT News. future for the remaining UK seafarers will become increasingly The government will later precarious. Homage to an anti-fascist fighter GLASGOW RMT shipping branch Written by John and Willy Maley in recently helped put on a play recalling 1990 as a tribute to their father, the the experiences of James Maley, who play was brought to the attention of fought in the British battalion of the KAYOS theatre company by RMT anti-fascist International Brigades to member Jim McKnight. defend Spanish democracy in 1936. Play director Mark Barclay ensured The branch put £500 towards that the production recognised the production costs to stage ‘From Calton courage and conviction of those that to Catalonia’. This prison drama tells went to Spain because “they could see the story of how James travelled from no other way” to alert the world to the Calton, in the east end of Glasgow, to dangers of fascism. Spain. After being captured during the battle of Jarama, he spent six months in a fascist prison in Salamanca. The play relates how James’ mother recognised him from a newsreel in a local cinema and convinced the projectionist to make a photo from the film negatives. RMT member Jim McKnight(left) with director Mark Barclay and Willy Maley. 19 RMTnews :: may 2005 TRADE Martyrs The Tolpuddle UNIO The Tolpuddle Martyrs were transported to the penal colonies of Australia after forming a trade union. Tim Lezard examines their legacy and discovers we have a lot to thank them for. As the sun rose on February Under an obscure 1797 law, a week – the equivalent of 30p was later called his ‘Song of 24 1834, Dorset farm labourer Loveless and five fellow workers in today’s money and the third Freedom’. Its emotive and George Loveless set off to work, – his brother James, James wage cut in as many years. rousing chorus of ‘We raise the saying goodbye to his wife Hammett, James Brine, Thomas With the bloody French watchword, liberty. We will, we Betsy and their three children. Standfield and his son John - Revolution still very much in will, we will be free!” underlined They were not to meet alone were charged with having taken the minds of the British the Martyrs’ determination and again for three years, for as he an illegal oath. establishment, landowners were has inspired generations of left his cottage in the rural But their real crime in the determined to stamp out any people to fight against injustice village of Tolpuddle, he was eyes of the establishment was to form of insurrection. and oppression. served with a warrant for his have formed a trade union to And so when Loveless’ “If it hadn’t been for that arrest. protest about their meagre pay landowner, James Frampton, song, I don’t think the Martyrs of six shillings caught wind of a group of his would have had such a big workers having formed a union, impact,” says Jan Pickering, he sent a spy to infiltrate their curator of the Tolpuddle meetings. Museum. “After all, thousands of These gatherings, held under people were being transported, a sycamore tree in the village or so what made them martyrs? I in the upper room of think it was because the words Thomas Standfield’s were so simple, so moving.” cottage, were prefaced “Loveless was laying out with the swearing of an what they were trying to do and oath of secrecy – and it telling people they had done was this act that led to the nothing wrong, questioning why men’s arrest and subsequent they were being transported for sentence of seven years’ trying to get better pay.” transportation. The song had an immediate By handing out such a impact for the working class harsh sentence, the rose up in support of the government hoped to frighten Martyrs, delivering an 800,000- the nascent Labour movement strong petition to Parliament into submission, but they protesting about their sentence achieved precisely the opposite and demanding their pardon and were quite unprepared for and release. the public outcry that ensued. After three years, during As the men were being led which the trade union back to prison to await their movement sustained the transfer to the prison hulks, Martyrs’ families by collecting their hands manacled together, voluntary donations, the their heads shaven like common government relented and the criminals, George Loveless men returned home as heroes. scribbled some words that were Every year their contribution to change the course of British is remembered at the Tolpuddle law. Festival, held in the village In desperation, he wrote what where it all began. Wreaths laid on the grave of martyr James Hammett 20 may 2005 :: RMTnews ON HEROES The annual South West TUC event attracts over 8,000 people who enjoy the George Loveless was a Methodist lay preacher and as such was determined to mixture of politics, theatre and music. keep to the law and not take violent There is also a procession of colourful steps of the machine-wreckers or rick- trade union banners through the village, burners, protesting about unemployment which passes the aging sycamore under caused by the advance of the industrial which Loveless convened the historic revolution. meetings. “In those times there was no full Their legacy – to establish in law the democracy – you couldn’t vote unless The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival takes place right to belong to a trade union – was a you were a landowner – so for many on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. key step in the fight for workers’ rights. people, their only response was through “They weren’t the first trade violent means but the Martyrs were Speakers include Tony Benn and TUC unionists, but their victory meant the act religious men and wanted to protest General Secretary Brendan Barber. of forming a trade union became not peacefully,” says Nigel Costley. only legal, but part of British society,” “They set out to defend their basic There are also international speakers: says Nigel Costley, Regional Secretary of rights for them and their families and to Burmese TUC general secretary Maling the South West TUC. do it legally. Because they wanted to Maung and a leading member of the “They are still relevant today because work within the law to reform the Fensuagro, the Colombian Agricultural the extreme problems they faced are still system, rather than bring it down, they Union. being experienced in some parts of the were a more potent threat to the world. establishment’s vested interests.” Artists playing include Billy Bragg, Hank “We remember them and share our And, as the establishment continues Wangford and the Lost Cowboys and The solidarity with workers who are facing to try to protect those interests, it is Sidekicks. : Information 0117 947 0521 or the same battles for the fundamental worth recalling what might have lain in www.tuc/org.uk/tolpuddle. rights to gather together, to speak with store had it not been for the six brave one voice and to advance their lives.” men of Tolpuddle. The event is free. The Grand Procession at the Tolpuddle Martyr Fesitival 21 RMTnews :: may 2005 WILTS AND DORSET LEARNING BUS LAUNCHED Members at Wilts and Dorset Bus Company will feel right at home when they pop into their new learning centre - it's a bus! The new mobile facility will drive to depots, Union Learning Reps Kevin Saunderson, ‘Baggy’ Bagwell, Dave Wyatt, bringing learning closer to bus workers Brian Lewis FOR A FEW years now learning colleges to discuss creating After a nearly a year of hard to help out and answer has been on the agenda at Wilts learning opportunities in or near work the bus had two open questions. and Dorset Bus. It started with the workplace and the idea of a days, one at Poole and one at Courses are being designed to Poole and District Bus RMT learning bus took form. Salisbury. Over 120 bus fit in with shift work and the branch secretary Peter Gale and To turn the idea into reality workers visited the open days, Learning Bus is currently Salisbury 3 branch secretary Joe was going to take a lot of hard where they had the opportunity timetabled to visit Poole and Hayes getting trained up as work and money. to talk to tutors and reps, and to Salisbury each week, although Union Learning Reps. They then Teresa Williams, Regional have a go on the laptops. reps ‘Baggy’ Bagwell, at recruited other reps, the first of Development Worker from the Wilts and Dorset learning Ringwood, and Dave Wyatt, at whom was Brian Lewis. Brian Rail Union Learning reps are now busy setting up Lymington, have been took on the responsibility of Programme, was brought in to courses and workshops based on inundated with requests. being the ‘lead’ Union Learning coordinate the project. what members have asked for, The learning reps at Wilts Rep. The company donated a bus including computing, languages and Dorset are hoping that the Early in 2003, the reps, and agreed to pay the running and sign language. project goes from strength to RMT’s education officer Ray costs, and Teresa managed to There has already been an IT strength to providing Spry-Shute and the TUC met secure funding for refitting and course at Poole and learning rep opportunities to learn and with the company and local laptop computers. Kevin Saunderson was on hand making a real difference. 22 may 2005 :: RMTnews Adult Learner’s Week 2005 May 21-27 WHAT IS ADULT LEARNERS’ WEEK? HOW IS RMT AND THE RAIL UNION LEARNING You may also want to look at these websites: Rail Union Learning Project More information about how the RMT is working with other transport unions to promote ADULT LEARNERS’ Week is the UK’s largest PROJECT GETTING INVOLVED? lifelong learning and education festival and celebration of adult learning The Rail Union Learning Project is for its members - www.rul.org.uk celebrated every year in over 40 countries. It organising various Adult Learner Week is an opportunity for adults to have a go at activities throughout the week at different Campaign for Learning something new by trying out one of the locations across the country. Activities range Details about Learning at Work hundreds of free taster sessions that happen from French and Spanish classes in Brighton, Day, Family Learning Weekend. across England during the week, and an courses to help you get to grips with your opportunity for colleges to show adults what personal finances in London, and IT courses www.campaign-for- is on offer. in York. All free of charge. learning.org.uk Learning is not just what you did at If you want to find out about courses or Time to Learn school. It doesn’t have to involve classrooms, activities in your area you can call the Rail assignments or exams. Union Learning Project office on 0207 317 The on-line version of City & In England, colleagues in colleges, libraries, 8610/8611/or 8613 for more information. Guilds directory of learning museums, businesses, voluntary and a range Alternatively, if you know who your local Rail breaks and study tours. of other sectors hold thousands of events to Union Learning Representative (RULR) is, you www.timetolearn.org.uk inspire adults to try their hand at something could ask them if they can point you in the new. Anything up to 100,000 people take part, direction of local events. Workers Educational Association encouraging activity through publicity For general information about Adult The national website of the WEA, distributed by national and local organisers. Learner’s Week, if you have internet access the UK's largest voluntary Twenty thousands enquiries to learndirect and you can find out more at provider of adult learning routinely around 2,000 press articles http://www.niace.org.uk/ALW/2005/. opportunities. appearing in national, regional and local press www.wea.org.uk testify to the success of the campaign. ENJOYING A LEARNING EXPERIENCE RMT member Keith Skivington at local colleges. got a bit rusty over the years. who could do with brushing works as a Groundsman at Keith responded straight In his job as a groundsman up their skills but they don’t Eurostar in Ashford, Kent. away saying that he’d like to at Ashford, Keith needs to use make the time for it. I would He is the latest Eurostar do French, IT and maths. maths on a daily basis. encourage anyone to do the employee to benefit from the Keith has already started a “If I’m painting a room it same, whatever level they are,” Rail Union Learning Project. In maths course at the local Adult saves waste and money if I he says. February this year, Keith’s Education college with a view can calculate the area and the Keith says his rep, Wendy, switched from working as an to sitting a National Certificate necessary volume of paint has been really supportive and OCS contractor to being a (Level 1 numeracy) in June correctly before I get helpful and the tutors at the Eurostar employee at Ashford and he is signed up to start underway,” he says. college have been great too. International. French and IT in May. Getting back into learning “No one there takes the Within a few weeks of his Having left school at 15 has given Keith a good deal of mickey. Everyone else in the Eurostar contract starting, his and joined the army before personal satisfaction and workshop is just like me: local Rail Union Learning Rep working for Eurostar, Keith confidence. people who’ve got off their (RULR), Wendy Dale, had had passed army certificates “It’s nice to feel like I’m backsides and made the effort already been in touch to find and a City and Guilds using my brain again. to better themselves and get out if he’d be interested in qualification in numeracy but I reckon there are a lot of their brains into gear,” he said. doing various courses on offer he found that these skills had people like me on the railways 23 RMTnews :: may 2005 TRADE UNIONISTS M NO TO THE EU CONST Tony Benn explains why... I have just finished reading a little pamphlet produced by the campaign Trade Unionists movement have been central to the struggles waged by generations of pro-democracy damage this attempt to create a superstate and centralise power in Europe. However, if not we Against the EU Constitution and campaigners, from the Chartists must be prepared to fight for a it is one of the best things I to the Suffragettes, to ensure no vote here in a referendum have read on the subject. that ordinary citizens could hold expected next spring. It brilliantly and concisely their rulers to account. It will be a hard fight as the exposes the fundamentally So it shall have to be again pro-constitution side will have undemocratic nature of these as future generations will not huge funding from the plans and should be read by look kindly on us if we stand by government and Brussels. anyone who wants to find out and allow our democracy to be However, if the labour more about the subject. taken away. movement does not campaign An at-a-glance guide at the loudly on this issue then the front of the book neatly exposes REFERENDUM siren calls of the far right will how wide-ranging this assault Later this month the French gain ground and the poison of on democracy really is. will be voting in a referendum racism and chauvinism will For instance, articles turn the on this crucial issue. spread. liberalisation – a polite term for French opposition to the This is one of the crucial privatisation – of services and Constitution is growing as more questions of our times and industries into constitutional and people discover what is TUAEUC have done us a service principles. DEMOCRACY actually contained within this by producing this easy-to-read This is of great importance The fundamental problem is huge and virtually unreadable guide and I heartily recommend for all transport workers as it that the Constitution takes away document. it to you. would preclude governments democratic rights to remove If it is rejected it would from owning or investing in those who govern us. transport services. This represents a massive Road, rail and shipping transfer and centralisation of industries across the EU must power in the hands of develop only on the whims of institutions that are not the so-called “free market”. accountable or transparent. This approach has already This would increase the seen the decimation of transport number of laws being imposed industries in Britain, with on Europeans from highly shareholders taking precedence diverse countries that had no over the travelling public. democratic mandate within How can anyone describe a those countries. document that elevates right There are many things that wing neoliberal economic policy need correcting with the UK into a legal requirement claim constitution, including the this Constitution is an exercise unelected second chamber and in democracy? the way in which the prime It also militarises the EU and minister can use Crown powers creates a single foreign policy, to by-pass parliament. develops a European police However, these more local force which will be immune democratic deficits would not be from prosecution, increases aided by the emasculation of unfair trade with the world’s power from Westminister to poor and hands massive powers Brussels. to those we do not elect. The trade union and labour Trade Unionists Say No to the EU Constitution is available free from RMT, Unity House, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD. 24 may 2005 :: RMTnews MUST SAY PRESIDENT’S COLUMN TITUTION AT TIME of writing, the Rail Against Privatisation campaign is in full swing. On behalf of the union, I would like to expresses thanks and appreciation to those members Catalyst the small transitional costs of taking the railways back into public ownership would subsequently reap huge savings for the taxpayer. EU CONSTITUTION AT A who volunteered to take the long Savings would be accrued from GLANCE journey from Scotland to London and the many others who turned reduced bureaucracy and an end to leakages to private providers of out to support them at meetings finance. THE POWER TO PRIVATISE along the way. On a conservative estimate Article III-147 gives the EU powers to enforce Thanks should also go to Geoff overall immediate cash savings of privatisation in any area of economic activity: “A Revell and Larry Cotton for all the taking Network Rail, TOC’s and European framework law shall establish the measures in hard work they put in organising Roscos in public ownership would order to achieve the liberalisation of a specific service.” this huge task. be £500 million a year. In addition, Some have asked why did RMT taking renewals back in house A THREAT TO PUBLIC SERVICES carry out such a campaign when it would save £400 million per Article I-15 gives the EU new powers to 'co-ordinate' is clear that rail privatisation has annum. been a failure. Well, RAP has So public ownership would economic, employment and social policies. Article III-210 exposed just how disastrous this deliver total savings of £900 million lists the almost unlimited areas of social policy where the experiment has been and how a year, £4.5 billion over the lifetime EU will have the right to 'support and complement' the much the travelling public has been of a Labour government. activities of member states. ripped-off. Private sector investment would UNELECTED IN CHARGE For instance, before privatisation also not be threatened, as some in 1994 over 90 per cent of trains politicians have claimed, as all Article 1-26 confirms the sole right of the unelected on the publicly-owned railway ran private sector investment is European Commission to draw up new laws and Article to time. By comparison, in the year ultimately paid from by taxpayers 111-188 orders member states “not to seek to influence to 31 December 2004, the and farepayers. the….European Central Bank”, the unelected body that privatised network could only Catalyst warn “without direct decides economic policy for the eurozone. deliver just over 80 per cent of public control over costs, money services on time. spent in support of the rail industry ANTI-UNION LAWS TO REMAIN Moreover, the £4.5 billion in will prove unsustainable, creating Article II-88 states that workers have rights to public subsidy now paid to the pressure to shift the burden to collective bargaining and to take strike action only "in railway is more than three times the passengers through fare rises and accordance with national laws and practices". public subsidy paid to British Rail. cuts to services”. A recent report by the Indeed, the new Railways Act THREAT TO CIVIL LIBERTIES Independent think tank Catalyst will make it easier to reduce the Article II-112 allows "limitations" of basic human calculated that £800 million a year size of the network raising rights "if they are necessary and genuinely meet is taken out of the industry as concerns over line closures, service objectives of general interest recognised by the Union". returns to private lenders and reductions and job losses. Article II-114 forbids any political campaigning to investors – a total leakage of more The SRA’s Community Rail reverse any aspects of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. than £6 billion since 1996. Development Strategy could also Last year’s Labour Party result in further cuts to our rural MILITARISATION conference voted overwhelmingly and branch lines. to return the railways to the public, Closing lines and services will Article I-16 states: "Member states shall actively and an aspiration contained within the further prevent the government unreservedly support the Union's common foreign and first Blair government manifesto in from reaching its domestic security policy in a spirit of loyalty and mutual 1997. emissions targets. solidarity". Two consecutive Labour In addition, the Royal Academy governments have ignored these of Engineering has recently BIG BROTHER realities and the three major parties estimated road congestion costs Article III-276 gives the EU the right to extend the made no serious mention of the the UK £15 billion a year. “structure, operation, field of action and tasks” of its wider issues on transport. Yet Therefore, the campaign to police force, whose agents, like other EU officials, enjoy transport is the lifeblood of the defend and expand our transport immunity from criminal prosecution. nation and is too vital to be network must continue. ignored. This is part of the wider DEATH PENALTY So RMT had to take to the campaign for taxpayers’ hard- Article 1-62 says no-one shall be condemned to the streets to get the message out that earned money to be spent on death penalty. However, the article “explanations” allows re-nationalisation makes political, public services, including hospitals, the death penalty “in respect of acts committed in time economic and moral sense. education and pensions and not on of war or of imminent threat of war”. According to the think-tank illegal wars in Iraq. 25 RMTnews :: may 2005 “ENTREPRENEURS” AND THE NHS A health service nightmare from SSP leader Colin Fox I nearly fell out of bed recently when I woke up with John Reid. My clock radio alarm goes off, and on comes Today on an apparent new Labour conundrum on the NHS. Labour repeats again and again that Radio Four for a while before its time to get ‘spending on the NHS is at record levels’ up and get the kids out to school. and that ‘we [new Labour] have embarked ‘What the National Health Service needs upon the most ambitious hospital building most’ said Labour’s Health Minister, ‘is programme the NHS has ever seen’. greater entrepreneurial spirit.’ If this is the case, then why are worries At first I wasn’t sure if I had heard him about the state of the NHS not at the top of right as I had just woken up. But like all their list of concerns right now? government spokesmen programmed to Could it be that their experiences are at return to his ‘on message’ mantra it was odds with Labour claims? just a few seconds before I heard him say it After all finding an NHS dentist, for again. example is proving more difficult that He was chastising GPs and dentists for finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. their lack of ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ in the Or could it be that people are furious that way they run their small businesses. all these new hospitals are owned, not by Now, to me, the NHS is based completely the NHS, but by ‘entrepreneurs’ who rake in upon a simple formula – ‘If you are ill, you have been trying to rip off our NHS. They a fortune over the lifetime of the contracts? get treatment.’ As soon as anyone starts to occasionally succeed. Just take a look at the Edinburgh’s new flagship hospital, the talk about ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ I begin to profits of the pharmaceutical companies Royal Infirmary, is a case in point. Owned hear the ‘ting-ting’ of cash tills and the over the decades for examples. by the Royal Bank of Scotland, it was built compromising of an ideal. The formula is Yet here was John Reid with proof plain for less than £300 million, yet will cost the suddenly amended to ‘If you are ill and can that the same ‘entrepreneurs’ and NHS nearly £700 million over its 25 year afford £6.50 for a prescription; to see a businessmen we had been striving to keep at life. private dentist; to consult a health bay for half a century were now past the If Labour is spending record sums on the entrepreneur- you can get treatment’. NHS security gates and sitting in the head NHS it is shameful that so much of it is I know the terms of this debate inside office. wasted on profits for those with out. For 50 years the same entrepreneurs To me this episode also began to answer ‘entrepreneurial spirit.’ 26 WOMENS PAGE may 2005 :: RMTnews politicians of all shades seem that can only be carried out THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE willing to help them. This is not right or democratic. after a certain time. The pretext for cutting time RMT member Janine Booth looks at the threat to As a long-standing pro- limits is usually that medical choice slogan says, "Not the advances have made it possible abortion rights following the general election church, not the state - women for foetuses to survive outside must decide our fate". the womb at an earlier stage. STATEMENTS MADE during the abortions - it is between illegal, We may well see an attempt These advances are welcome, General Election campaign unsafe abortions, safe, legal in Parliament to cut the time and should be used to help suggest that women's abortion ones. limit for legal abortion from the premature babies, to spare rights could soon come under Before 1967, rich women current 24 weeks to 20 weeks. parents the heartbreak of losing attack. could usually buy their way Relatively few abortions are a baby they love and want - not One in three women in around the law and pay a doctor carried out between 20 and 24 to force women to bear children Britain has an abortion. Think to carry out a termination. It weeks, but there are several they do not want. about how many women you was working-class women who good reasons why a woman The best ways to reduce the know - family, friends, suffered in the backstreets. This might leave it this late: number of late abortions is to workmates. One third of them is why the trade-union • She may have been obstructed reduce unwanted pregnancy will at some point terminate a movement supports women's by an anti-abortion doctor. and to improve access to pregnancy. right to choose free, legal Every one has her reason. abortion. • Her circumstances might have earlier abortions. For many, it is a difficult choice. Leaders of several religions - changed - her partner might This could be achieved by But it is her choice. including a Catholic archbishop, have left her, or may have better sex education, free The film 'Vera Drake' the Chief Rabbi, and a started to beat or abuse her effective contraception and the reminded us what happened representative of the Muslim (more common in pregnancy removal of the need for two before 1967, when abortion was Council of Britain - have than you might think). doctors' permission to have an still illegal. Women went to recently called for restrictions • A young woman might have abortion. backstreet abortionists, and on women's abortion rights. been afraid to come forward Ironically, the religious some were injured or died. These religious authorities earlier. authorities that attack abortion In our society, there will want to impose their views not rights usually also oppose these • An older woman may have always be women facing a crisis just on their own congregations, measures. We have to reject mistaken the signs of pregnancy who choose abortion. but on all women. And despite their moralising and defend pregnancy for the menopause. The choice that society faces is the low level of religious women's right to control our • Serious foetal disability may own bodies. not between abortions and no observance in this country, have been discovered by tests 27 RMTnews :: may 2005 BOOK REVIEW STOP THE WAR The story of Britain's biggest mass movement T essa Jowell's bizarre attempt to prevent Britain's biggest- ever demonstration from would throw herself under a bus for the Prime Minister," they recall. "But she thought better of demolish the lies about weapons of mass destruction, alleged Iraqi links to al-Qaida and the war in Iraq, the dodgy dossier of lies about Iraqi weapons, the first great demonstration on trampling the Hyde Park lawn is throwing herself in front of a supposed desire to "liberate" September 28, 2002 and the one of the many gems retold in million marchers.” Iraqis and to show that the Bush historic, global events of Stop the War: The story of This is a superb book that regime was planning an attack February 15 2003. Britain's biggest mass tells the story so far of the anti- on Iraq long before the They describe the movement. war movement with clarity, September 11 attack on the New extraordinary people's assembly The pro-war Culture passion and wit. York World Trade Centre. the following month, school Secretary’s attempt to protect It is powerfully illustrated They show the centrality to students' revolts and the strikes Hyde Park's grass from a million and punctuated with the drive to war of oil - or, and protests around Britain protesters was foiled, of course, recollections, verses and rather, the ability to profit from when the Iraq war was by the organisers’ refusal to testimony that demonstrate the it - and the strategic desire to unleashed. budge, Michael Foot's offer to movement’s diversity and bolster Israel at the expense of This is a remarkable lead the march into the park vitality. the Palestinians. historical document, but it is not and massive public derision. They include RMT general And they describe how the a wistful look back at something The irony of a member of a secretary Bob Crow’s speech at seeds of the movement were past and gone: it is the taking government unleashing a war that record-smashing sown, how it caught, articulated stock of a vital work in that has cost in excess of demonstration, as well as Tube and mobilised the popular anti- progress. 100,000 lives being so Workers Against the War activist war mood, and how it stood Derek Kotz concerned about the well-being Unjum Mirza on how the against the racist backlash and Stop the War by Andrew Murray and Lindsey German of the grass is not lost on the London Underground’s PA in defence of civil liberties. book’s authors, Stop the War system was used to announce Murray and German take us Available to RMT News readers at the reduced price of £12.99 from Bookmarks Coalition chair Andrew Murray anti-war demonstrations. through the immediate post- on 020 7637 1848, or in person at 1 and convenor Lindsey German. 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