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What are our leaders doing. We have to push back on this. All should be writing to their MP's and supporting the unions now
We are selling our kids' futures for more corporate power and profit
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🔵 NEW: The @RMTunion has announced that workers are set to stage fresh #railstrikes in November after Network Rail “performed a U-turn on pay offer”.

It has said: "Network Rail bosses “reneged on their promises.”…
The union said that following negotiations, there “was an agreement where the company would commit to an improved offer on pay and working towards a negotiated settlement”, however, Network Rail bosses sought to “impose job cuts, unsocial hours and detrimental changes to rosters”
🗣 “In a crass attempt to cut the union out of national negotiations, Network Rail have written directly to staff undermining delicate talks and have tried to rehash a previous deal that RMT has categorically rejected,” RMT said in a statement. Image
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#RailStrikes @transportgovuk released material showing how they agree a plan with train operating companies for handling strikes. Some material is highlighted in black. We think this shows they tried to redact material which should not be redacted.… #FOI
@transportgovuk We urge the Information Commissioner - @ICOnews - to consider if an attempt was made to wrongly apply exemptions here.…
@transportgovuk @ICOnews Subject matter experts may find the material released of interest. We encourage using annotations to link to any further requests eg. for the omitted template costs spreadsheet, or for specific, completed, Dispute Handling Plans.
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Day 2 of the #railstrikes. As the debate rages about the right and wrongs of it, there are 3 key things to remember:

1. The root cause of the dispute is a decision by the govt to cut £4bn from rail & tube budgets. Madness when other countries are investing in public transport.
2. Wages have been stagnant for over a decade & for many key workers, have been falling in real terms. Asking for a pay rise in the face of the biggest squeeze in living standards since 1950s, makes complete sense.
3. The wage-price spiral is a myth. The labour market today is completely different to how it has been in the past, and we are in the middle of a #costoflivingcrisis.
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This is a call to action to everyone campaigning for action on the climate crisis and a just transition:

Join a @RMTunion picket line tomorrow if you can. This is our fight and your solidarity is needed. #RailStrikes
This Govt’s attack on rail workers should be seen as part of a wider plan to suck money from the railways (euphemistically termed ‘modernisation’).

As well as attacking pay and conditions, it's part of a retreat from even the limited commitments made to net zero and at #COP26.
Our railways are a critical public service and key to fighting the climate crisis.

Amongst many actions, the Govt should be:

- Ending the failed privatisation experiment, and bringing railways into public ownership - strongly supported by the public

- Expanding investment
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Mick Lynch is an experienced union leader but there are three reasons why he can deal with media nonsense and contrary voices so easily, in contrast to politicians, commentators and business representatives who usually flounder amateurishly. (1/4)

1) Lynch knows that what he is saying is both factually correct and consistent.

This contrasts with conservative voices who know what they are spouting is pack of lies and drivel, and comically inconsistent. (2/4)

2) Lynch understands fully what he is talking about. His knowledge allows him to counter any derisory interruption.

This contrasts with conservative voices who know only a few mendacious soundbites with no in depth knowledge, and this causes them to fall. (3/4)

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Normally busy stations are deserted during the morning rush hour as the first day of national #RailStrikes gets underway

Latest updates in our #railstrike live blog…
The #railstrike is expected to cause the cancellation of about 80% of train services across Britain today…
A Labour MP has slammed a reported leaked memo ordering the party's frontbenchers from joining #railstrike picket lines as "tosh".

Barry Gardiner, for Brent North, said: "Why is someone writing this tosh to our shadow cabinet?”…
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A quick 🧵 on the potential economic impact of the rail strikes.

In short, not a game-changer, but certainly another blow the UK could do without... 🙄 (1/5)

Unions must give warning, so there is some time to make alternative plans.

The series of 1-day #strikes (Tue 21, Thur 23, Sat 25) might be less disruptive than a single, prolonged stoppage, because some customers may be able to reschedule their use during the breaks... (2/5)
Some of the costs to the economy could also be reduced by ‘home working’, and by the diversion of leisure spending to other activities.

Nonetheless, there will be significant disruption to passenger traffic, and possibly to freight, including supplies of essential goods... (3/5)
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