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London Assembly candidates speak out in support of the tube maintenance workers strike

 

Tuesday, 24 April 2012


As a 72 hour strike by underground maintenance workers got under way Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) (1) candidates for the London Assembly on 3 May spoke out in support of the strikers:

Nick Wrack, No.2 on the TUSC list said:

"I support the strike action by RMT members that begins today. It is important that the unions defend the rights and living standards of their members. The bosses want to pick off different sections of the workforce one by one. If they are allowed to do this, it will get worse for everyone. The unions are a line in the sand to prevent the erosion of living standards for all. This government and the bosses want us all to see our wages, conditions and pensions driven to the lowest level. I commend the RMT for refusing to allow this to happen. They are taking a stand that will benefit all Londoners."

Candidate on the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition list Steve Hedley, London regional organiser, Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union said:

I support the strike because the employers are seeking to reduce costs by denying pensions and passes to staff. This is so the planned reprivatisation of Tubelines will be of minimal cost to the next privateer who wishes to pillage our industry.

ENDS

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Notes to editors:

(1) The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stands in opposition to public spending cuts and privatisation, calls for investment in public services, public ownership and control of the major utilities and the repeal of the anti-trade union laws. For more information see: http://www.tusc.org.uk/ . In London TUSC is standing only in the London-wide list section for the London Assembly Elections. It is not contesting for mayor or in the constituency section. See: http://www.tusc.org.uk/london_tusc.php