Thanks to my wonderful company in car in #RailStrike to #MCIMUN #FACupFinal Lincs return. Top chat about Kane (must buy #MUFC), De Gea (must go), Maguire (must go), ETH (right direction), #MCFC (unstoppable), playing golf, running legendary fish & chip shops and Vegas weddings 🙌
Aslef hails ScotRail pay deal as it urges UK Government to intervene
THE train drivers’ union has called on Westminster to match the example of Scotland and Wales and introduce pay deals it believes will end widespread strikes in England.
Deutsche Bahn wil dat rechtbank Duitse spoorstaking tegenhoudt
Lees meer: https://www.transport-online.nl/site/154178/deutsche-bahn-wil-dat-rechtbank-duitse-spoorstaking-tegenhoudt/
Just when you thought it was safe to think about traveling by train again.
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RMT joins train drivers’ union in announcing fresh rail strikes
Good on them
BBC News - Rail workers to strike on 13 May on Eurovision final
Very sadly, I'm now unable to speak at this rally for #HongKong #FreeHKPoliticalPrisoners tomorrow, due to the #RailStrike. I have no way to get into London for the protest. But #HongKongers, my @hk_watch colleague @SamGoodman22 will be there, & of course I'm with you in spirit https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1636667159064584192#m
'How Biden Crushing Railway Strike Caused Ohio Train Derailment'..#OhioTrainDisaster #Biden #Dems..#railstrike https://youtu.be/Z4bYrFa4jVk
Dear #journalists - Can the cause of the Ohio train derailment please be investigated further?
This was a Norfolk Southern train. That company enjoyed $3.24 billion in profits last year, and they benefitted from President Biden outlawing a #RailStrike from rail workers. One of the complaints from rail workers was train safety.
If you find that Norfolk Southern can make trains safer by hiring more workers, will you please report it?
How beautiful are these #RMT and #ASLEF banners! #Strike #GeneralStrike #EnoughIsEnough #RailStrike #Solidarity #Workers
Life in the slow lane + digital exclusion on the rails: Old Geezers Diary, 21 Jan 2023
WATCH: In a Dutch supermarket chain, there's now a slow lane for people who want a chat . . . and if you use rail services, prepare to say good bye to helpful station ticket office staff! More problems for the 3 million non-internet pensioners!
#oldgeezershow #olderpeople #railstrike
La grève des cheminots au Royaume-Uni est la plus grande grève depuis trente ans, une histoire racontée par Ken Loach dans The Navigators : https://www.cinemutins.com/the-navigators
Rail workers cannot stand aside as the RMT, the government and the employers finalise a rotten deal. The blocking of unified action by the rail unions must be opposed and the struggle taken out of their hands.
UK rail workers resume strikes as Network Rail declares sell-out deal within “touching distance” - World Socialist Web Site
#RailStrikes #RMT #RailStrike #RailWorkers #GeneralStrike
The #railStrike meant my daughter was unable to return home from Manchester airport and we had to go and fetch her.
3.5 hours drive I didn't particularly enjoy but I still support the strikers.
I wanted to reach out to who my new #Representative would be about the #RailStrike and I couldn't because their website with whatever.gov asked for my address and then tossed me to my then-current #Reprehensible
The thing is my new rep absolutely would listen to constituents who weren't donors. Former rep, less-so. And my new rep might have been able to reach out to my old rep, if I could have communicated with them.
Thought this was apt at the moment with all the strikes being condemned by multi millionaire politicians and v wealthy media stars #nursesstrike #railstrike
My lift to Nottingham for #CCP4SW Weds - Fri has fallen through, due to various respiratory viruses taking out the driver. So, deciding whether to risk the train instead.
Looks like I would have to miss the last session owing to the #RailStrike and still a bit of a concern about others passing on unwanted Christmas 'gifts' even with the low in-person attendance this year.
Why Rail Monopolies Have So Much Power Over US Government
#SamSeder #EmmaVigeland #MajorityReport #politics #news #progressive #leftist #democrats #liberal #railroad #railroads #railworkers #railstrike
No thank you South Western Railway, I do not want to be a scab for your overpaid executives to wage a public relations war against your workforce simply because they won't roll over and accept a real-terms paycut.
UK #railstrike 1800 24th December till 0600 27th December
So does this mean....
Santa's a #scab!
This #Christmas, as many of us enjoy - despite #CostOfLivingCrisis - a home, some warmth & food & - despite #railstrike - time with loved ones, let's never forget those in crisis: ➡️the homeless in our streets ➡️internally displaced in #Myanmar ➡️those in danger in #Ukraine / https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1606432860075859980#m
THREAD ON #STRIKES: I have a huge amount of sympathy with the nurses' strike, though I question the ethics. I have very little sympathy with the #railstrike For the nurses, a 19% pay rise is not realistic, but we all know that nurses deserve as significant a rise as possible/ https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1605354601183694853#m
The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) is negotiating surrender terms to end the seven-month rail dispute.
Wales agreement proposed by #RMT union as template for betraying UK #railstrike - World Socialist Web Site
Rail chiefs and unions faced fury on Monday for running no trains from more than 40 stations in London and the wider South despite there being no strike action.
One London MP said she was “appalled” at the failure to put any trains on from parts of the capital.
Other services which normally run at least every 15 minutes were reduced to hourly services.
At the #RoundHouse #union workers brave the cold to #protest STRIKE BREAKING and the contract [written by Rail CEOs] forced on them by #Congress.
Labor deserve better then what congress gave them.
#RailStrikes #RailStrike #strike #labor #santafe #NewMexico #SupportRailWorkers
It's pretty sad seeing federal legislators trying to launder their involvement in breaking the rail strike. I mean, the best we can hope for is they didn't really get they were breaking a strike at the time? I kinda hope so, because if it was conscious then that's really bleak.
#RewritingHistory #RailStrike #RailroadStrike #Politics #StrikeBreaking #Bleak
Spent most of the day utilising many modes of transport to get to my gig last night, during the train strike (Which I fully suport!)
Beaverton: Experts warn a US rail strike could’ve lead to shortage of hobo tall tales https://www.thebeaverton.com/2022/12/experts-warn-a-us-rail-strike-couldve-lead-to-shortage-of-hobo-tall-tales/ #satire #canada #commentary #PrestonSturgess #RailStrike #JoeBiden #train #U.S. #Hobo #USA #US
Sir John who? #LBC he hasn’t got a clue @firstname.lastname@example.org #NHSWorkersNeedAPayrise #NHSStrikes #railstrike #posties
Another day, another picket line - #Solidarity with @RMTunion@twitter.com members on strike today!
Excellent that talks are ongoing - hoping for some positive outcomes.
Had a great Rail Union protest this past Tuesday with many workers and unions represented.
The message was clear. A congressionally imposed contract (especially one written by Rail Industry) violated the union's ability to negotiate a fair contract.
#Solidarity with @RMTunion@twitter.com members on strike today!
Keep warm on the pickets - you're fighting for things important to all of us, not least safety & proper pay!
South West trains appear to be using the strikes as an excuse to cut services across the Christmas period.
Industrial action on the 14th and 24th of December really shouldn't be affecting travel on the 21st.
This is a company that treats both passengers and workers with contempt.
Train Engineers Just Ousted Their Union President for Supporting the Rail Deal
The DC #IWW stands in full solidarity with railroad workers in all their struggles!
We encourage the railworkers to strike!
Forty thousand members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) are striking against Network Rail and 14 train operating companies this week in their seven-month-long battle for a pay rise and against restructuring.
Working through Michael Parenti's Democracy for the Few right now. Got to this passage in chapter five, and was intrigued by the examples given for government intervention on behalf of the interests of the ruling class against the working class. Lo and behold, the robber baron rail bosses have always been huge pieces of shit, and #Biden is well and truly in absolutely atrocious company.
#socialism #communism #marxism #capitalism #RailStrike #politics #uspol #MichaelParenti #Parenti #DemocracyForTheFew
Rail Unions call for nationwide rallies in support of Railroad Workers! Main rally Tuesday 12/13/22. List includes states all over the US. https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Action-Alert--Rail-Unions-Call-Solidarity-Rallies-of-Rail-Workers-12-13-22.html?soid=1116509035139&aid=31Xa2GTg6_M #railroading #railroaders #unions #strike #wildcat #rail #RailWorkers #rwu #railroad #RailStrike #DSA #labor #1u #organizers #protest
Solidarity Forever :)
#SolidarityForever #PeteSeeger #AmericanFolk #ProtestSong #RailStrike #celtic #music #NowPlaying #socialism #communism #capitalism #marxism
A great way to get to know people is the profiles directory on union.place - lots of union people, labor organizers and pro-labor artisans, citizen journalists or just plain down right decent people who understand the value of #unionization. It's also a good way to show support for #labor and BTW keep abreast of the #railstrike the #Universityofcalifornia strke and others.
The Railway Labor Act Allowed Congress to Break the Rail Strike. We Should Get Rid of It.
I'm glad that #Politicians and railroad companies aren't using propaganda bots to try to change our minds...
#Tories, are you behind this? Or is it someone related to your friend Vlad?
#Propaganda #Twitter #Birdsite #RailStrike #RailRoad #Union #UnionStrong #UnionBusting #Dishonesty #SickDays #Bots #RMT #UK
Remember: memes are collectively held. You can’t “steal” this from me. It belongs to all of us!
Sick leave should be a fundamental right of all work. We all benefit when a sick person stays home instead of spreading illness.
I support the rail workers!
"we can't afford more paid sick leave" = "work or die, peasant"
Turning to politics, we have to wonder if Biden backing the railroad companies over labor will have an effect on the 2024 election and beyond. Biden turned his back on labor when they needed him the most, but Democrats need union backing to win elections. So what happens now? #railstrike #railstrikeUS #laborrights
This situation, created by Biden, will cause supply chain disruptions and increase the chances of a train hauling hazardous materials causing an incident in a city it's rolling through. #railstrike #railstrikeUS #laborrights
So where do we go from here? The Biden admin has backed the bosses, leaving railroad workers in an untenable situation. This will cause railroad worker attrition, and these jobs will be tough to fill because who wants to be in their situation? #railstrike #railstrikeUS #laborrights
3. This wasn't mentioned in the episode, but it's important to know that railroad workers don't pay into Social Security. They have their own retirement program, but if they quit or get fired, then railwork workers will lose the retirement pension that they've paid into throughout their whole career. So railroad companies really have their workforce stretched over a rack here. #railstrike #railstrikeUS #laborrights
2. Railroad companies have put a draconian points system in place which penalizes railroad workers for taking time off from work for any reason. If a worker gets sick and cannot perform their job, points get taken away. Workers who lose too many points get fired. This places railroad workers in a situation where they'll potentially get fired if they become sick, all while they don't have enough free time to even schedule a doctor's appointment. #railstrike #railstrikeUS #laborrights
Key takeaways from that episode of Cyber:
1. Railroad workers' biggest concerns about their labor conditions were dismissed by their employers, Congress, and the Biden admin. Many railroad workers are forced to spend 90% of their time - as in 90% available for work, and 10% for everything else - either at work or on call. #railstrike #railstrikeUS #laborrights
Vice's Cyber podcast has a great episode about labor issues with railroad workers, why they wanted to strike, and what comes next after Congress and Biden turned their backs on the workers. #railstrike #railstrikeUS #laborrights
If #American #workers truly understood how badly they were being treated compared to the rest of the industrialized world, there would be a revolution.
Guaranteed paid days off:
🇺🇸0 zero zilch nada nothing
Props to @TheUSASingers for this. We will be boosting with CW, sans the glare of the "sensitive content" light-bomb. Everybody follow the Singers, they're spot on.#labor #sickday #paidleave #RailStrike
@conradhackett Essential enough to be forced to work. Not essential enough to get sick days. #RailStrike
Strike-breaking 101, always blame somebody worse than you for your own malfeasance
Reporter: 'How soon should rail workers expect sick days?'
Pres. Biden: 'As soon as I can convince Republicans to see the light.'
- from Now This News
tfw you're hoping to run into a rail worker to convince them to wildcat strike. #strike #wildcat #rail #RailWorkers #rwu #railroad #RailStrike #DSA #labor #1u #SocialistSunday #organizers
I'm not going to assume the actions the rail workers will take will be a strike, per se, but I'm going to anticipate disruption of some kind.
The disruption will likely be painful - esp b/c the average US citizen hates feeling deprived and disrupted in *any* way. This CBS news item from November gives me an idea of what to expect.
I like being prepared.
Federation of #Anarchists and #Syndicalists released a statement regarding the #RailStrike in solidarity with #rail #workers.
Cashew and Sapphy support a #Wildcat #RailroadStrike
Biden Signs Legislation To Avert Crisis Of Treating Rail Workers Like Humans
7. The representatives of rank-and-file workers outside the rail industry pledge to use all means available to us to mobilize our coworkers to defend railroaders. Experience has proven that this is a battle that can only be won through the independent organization of workers themselves, outside of the control of the corrupt union apparatus. We cannot let railroaders fight Congress and corporate America on their own.
#Rail #Railroad #RailStrike #RailroadStrike #solidarity
6. The support of the working class, combined with their central role in the US and world economy, gives railroaders enormous power. The fact that Congress was compelled to rapidly intervene to try and block a strike is a sign of weakness and fear on the part of the corporate oligarchy. But their advantage is that they are aware of this weakness, and have responded with a coordinated, well-organized campaign against railroaders.
#Rail #Railroad #RailStrike #RailroadStrike #solidarity
5. The issues that railroaders face are common to all workers. They include brutal scheduling and overwork, understaffing, and a decline in real wages due to skyrocketing inflation and rising cost of living. But on the basis of massive exploitation, the railroads and all of the major corporations are making record profits.
#Rail #Railroad #RailStrike #RailroadStrike #solidarity
4. Biden and Congress cynically claim that an injunction is needed to spare “working people” from shortages. But working people don’t support an injunction; they support the railroaders. They want to join with them in a common fight for decent wages and working conditions. This is what Congress really fears. :solidarity:
#Rail #Railroad #RailroadStrike #RailStrike #solidarity
3 (continued). Meanwhile, the contract votes and strike deadlines were delayed for weeks, without consulting workers, strengthening Congress’ hand and giving them time to prepare anti-strike legislation.
#Rail #Railroad #RailStrike #RailroadStrike #solidarity
3. The union bureaucracy bears responsibility for this situation because it repeatedly violated clear instructions by the rank-and-file and sabotaged their struggle. The rail unions worked with Biden and the carriers to try and ram through the contract that workers rejected. Instead of lifting a finger against the danger of congressional intervention, they used it to try to convince workers to approve the deal.
#RailStrike #RailroadStrike #union #solidarity #railroad
2. As representatives of rank-and-file rail workers, we declare that, as far as we are concerned, there is no contract, whether Congress passes legislation or not. Congress, one of the most hated institutions in America, has no right to override the democratic rights of workers. If the apparatus of the unions signs these agreements, they do so in violation of the express will of the rank-and-file. Therefore, railroad workers reserve the right to organize and prepare collective action
Here is the full statement, had issues with alt text:
1. We declare Congress’ move to impose a contract on railroaders that they rejected to be completely illegitimate. It is an attack on the democratic and Constitutional rights, including the right to strike and the right to participate in a meaningful contract vote, not only of railroaders, but of the entire working class. If it succeeds, it will set a precedent that will be used against other sections of workers in the future.
#RailStrike #union #RailroadStrike :solidarity:
The Railroad Workers Rank-and-File Committee has announced an online rally this Tues at 7 pm EST, register here: https://t.co/E5UxiVwdVV
Supporters are encouraged to attend!! :solidarity:
If you are a railroad worker, To join the Railroad Workers Rank-and-File Committee (RWRFC) email email@example.com or text (314) 529-1064
The RWRFC issues the following statement, declaring congress & the presidents attempts to crush a rail strike illegitimate:
I'm sorry, but I still can't find an answer.
Can someone tell me why we keep asking the workers if a few sick days are worth shutting down the economy?
Shouldn't we instead be asking the railroad companies why they are threatening to destroy this country in order to deprive their workers of a few measley sick days?
If a #strike causes major disruption, that's not the fault of #labor.
Don't blame the #workers who want to have sick days during a #pandemic -- blame the #capitalists who decide that slightly more obscene profit is more important than the lives and livelihoods of our #EssentialWorkers . Blame the #RobberBarons who are willing to risk all of us in a radically unequal game of chicken.
This isn't on #labor. Support the #RailStrike and the #unions .
The paid sick leave for rail workers just failed to pass in the Senate. The majority of Americans want it. The majority of Senators voted for it. This country is not a republic or a democracy. #republicans #usa #politics #railstrike
Yup yup yup 🤔 Biden and Dems failed to stand in #solidarity with #railroad workers. I guess more than one paid sick day is too much to ask for in 🇺🇸. 🚂 industry 💰💰comes first I guess. #union #railstrike https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/01/opinion/rail-strike-biden.html?smid=url-share
Not sure who still needs to hear this, but if your business is making record profits and your employees are on strike for reasonable and humane compensation and benefits, then if one party needs to be forced to make concessions for the “good of the country” it isn’t the workers that should have to do that. And if you’re mismanaging something so vital that the nation can’t afford the interruption, maybe you’re so vital you should be nationalized? #Unions #RailStrike #LateStageCapitalism
If you're a #rail #worker for the Class 1s in #Iowa and have an opinion on the #Biden statement calling on Congress to preemptively stop the #railstrike, I would love to hear from you. Writing a quick piece on it today for Iowa Starting Line.
The looming #railstrike is primarily being framed as rail workers threatening the supply chain with their ostentatious demand of
wanting a job that doesn't make them be on call every hour of every day.
#Labor #journalists: look up "precision scheduled railroading." Talk with folks at #unions whose members are actually subject to this policy (not all are).
And consider railroad execs have a vested interest in passing the buck.