RMT Strike solidarity pack
Tens of thousands of rail workers are preparing to walk out over jobs, pay and conditions. RMT members are demanding a fair pay rise to match inflation, guarantees against compulsory redundancies, and the protection of key roles on the railways.
This is set to be the biggest rail strike since 1989 - and a milestone in the fight for real Government action on the cost of living crisis. A victory in this dispute could inspire a wave of action - from teachers to nurses and beyond - to force the Tories to hand workers real pay rises and tackle inequality.
But the Conservatives have other plans, and are already looking to seize the chance to further restrict lawful strike action and even force rail workers to scab on their colleagues.
In short, this is a major fight for the labour movement and we need to make sure we win.
The Green Party Trade Union Group committee has produced an explainer on why Greens should support the RMT's action, including some materials you can use to get supporting the striking workers locally.
We are calling on all Green Party members, councillors and candidates for election in 2022 to take our pledge to support trade unions and champion workers' rights!
Complete the form on this page to add your name.
Together, we pledge to:
- Work closely with my local trades union council and union branches
- Support workplace safety for key workers
- Work to end outsourcing and two-tier workforces
- Work to end insecure work in our council services
- Support voluntary recognition of unions in council services
- Implement ethical procurement policies with a preference for union employers
- Support renters, renters' unions, and the expansion of social housing
- Support reducing working hours and better work-life balance
- Develop a worker-centred vision for a just transition for our area
- Support global and international justice in our council work
Cllr Alexi Dimond, Sheffield
Cllr Martin Phipps, Sheffield
Cllr Kai Taylor, Knowsley
Cllr Scott Ainslie, Lambeth
Cllr Neil Lawrenson, Worcester
Cllr Chris Jarvis, Oxford
Cllr Michael Smith, Newport
Emma Wallace, Harrow
Rosie Rawle, Oxford
Larry Sanders, former spokesperson on Health & Social Care
Jake Welsh, Manchester
Alastair Binnie-Lubbock, Hackney
Claire Sheppard, Southwark
Graham Wroe, Sheffield
Peter Whittle, Newham
Colin Boyle, Southwark
Peter Underwood, Croydon
Ria Patel, Croydon
Ken Barker, Cardiff
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