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TUBE UNION RMT today secured a massive victory for low paid workers as it was confirmed today that all tube cleaners will be paid the London Living Wage of £7.85 per hour backdated to the 1st of July.

RMT has mounted a long and hard campaign for the cleaners to be paid the London minimum and the final group, the Tube Lines cleaners working for ISS, will at last join their colleagues on a decent rate of pay from this month.

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TRANSPORT UNION leader Bob Crow today issued a call for an emergency meeting of the Trade Union Congress to be convened as “soon as is practically possible” to map out a co-ordinated campaign of industrial and political action to fightback against plans to attack jobs, pay and pensions that will be unveiled in the emergency budget on tuesday.

RMT has also reacted angrily to reports that David Cameron will be invited to address the TUC in September with Bob Crow warning that his union “will lead a walk out of delegates that would leave the Prime Minister with an empty hall to talk to. ”

Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary, said today:

“This weekend David Cameron has launched a full-frontal assault on the trade union movement on a scale which is unprecedented since Margaret Thatcher’s Government set out to smash the National Union of Mineworkers.

It could not be clearer that the ConDem administration are setting out to drive down pay, working conditions and pensions. When someone’s winding up to give you a kicking you have a clear choice – you can either take them on right from the off or you can roll over and hope that they go away. RMT is calling on the trade union movement to start the fight back right here, right now before Cameron and Clegg have had a chance to pull their boots on.

This is not the time for talking, it’s the time for action. We need an emergency meeting of the Trade Union Congress to co-ordinate the political and industrial action that we will need to take to take as a united movement to drive back the ConDem attack on our members.”

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TUBE UNION RMT tonight condemned “lethal and unworkable” plans leaked to the BBC from within the GLA Tory Group to axe all train drivers and operators on London Underground and to move the entire tube system to a driverless operation.

The leaked report, confirmed as being under discussion by the GLA Tories and which London Tory Mayor Boris Johnson is aware of, recommends sacking all of the 3,525 train drivers and operators estimating that it could result in savings of £141 million per annum.


The report is also clear that the plan is part of a secret drive by the Tory Party to break the strength of the Tube’s biggest and most powerful trade union, RMT.

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Papers on behalf of RMT will be lodged with the European Court today by the union and its solicitors. RMT will argue on behalf of its members that its ability to organise industrial action to protect its members is restricted by UK law in a breach of Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The union will be represented in the Court by RMT’s standing counsel John Hendy QC and Marcus Pilgerstorfer, instructed by Thompsons Solicitors.

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THE SNP government at Holyrood is set today to be accused by the Scottish TUC of “union bashing as shocking as the dark days of Thatcher” – on the very day that its leader addresses delegates in Dundee.

An emergency motion from RMT, Scotland’s biggest rail union, to be debated later today, congratulates Scotrail staff who have taken six days of strike action and pledges the STUC to support the campaign against the extension of driver-only operation.

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by John Millington in Lille, France

Transport unions from across Europe have held a mass rally of thousands of railway workers in Lille, France, to protest against the EU-driven privatisation of the industry.

The huge mobilisation brought together 20 unions from across Europe and was supported by the World Federation of Trade Unions.

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Rail workers to lobby Scottish Parliament over safety on Thursday

MEMBERS OF Scotland’s biggest rail union delivered another rock-solid strike this morning as RMT guards and drivers at Scotrail began a 72-hour stoppage against the imposition of driver-only operation on the Airdrie-Bathgate line.

They will be joined on the picket lines at 18:00 tomorrow by sleeper-train managers, who will strike for 48 hours in a dispute that has already seen three 24-hour stoppages by more than 550 staff over the company’s plan to undermine safety by removing guards.

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