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(en) UK, struggle aginst union supression - Support Needed

From worker <a-infos-en@tao.ca>
Date Sun, 27 Feb 2000 08:09:46 -0500


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RAIL, MARITIME & TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION - WATERLOO BRANCH
21st February 2000

RMT TO BALLOT TRAIN CREW AFTER HEALTH & SAFETY REP IS VICTIMISED
The RMT is balloting members employed by South West Trains for strike action
in defence of sacked trade union activist Sarah Friday.

Sarah is Health & Safety Rep for train drivers based at Waterloo Station,
South London..

SWT sacked Sarah on Tuesday 15th February on trumped up charges: one reads
that she "failed to advise her supervisor that she was going to the toilet"!

RMT members at Waterloo are convinced that Sarah was sacked because of her
campaign against the long hours SWT drivers are forced to work. They can
work shifts of over 10 hours, often going 7 hours without a break. RMT is
concerned not just that this is unhealthy for RMT members, but that in the
light of the Paddington & Southall crashes this stressful working could
prove fatally unsafe for rail passengers.

RMT will ballot all train crew members based at Waterloo. Strike action by
the 150 guards and drivers could lead to an almost total closure of SWT
services from Waterloo & across the South West.

An RMT  rally will take place outside Waterloo Station, 5.30pm, Monday 28th
February. Please give your support.

Messages of support and donations from organisations and individuals
urgently called for:

Write to:  G Tucker, Waterloo RMT, 3 Blades House, Kennington, London, SE11
5T


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