London AF members handed this out outside London tube stations yesterday:
KEEP UNDERGROUND TICKET OFFICES OPEN
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, is planning to close all London Underground ticket offices. This would be breaking the pledge that he made to keep them open during his election campaign in 2008. All 268 ticket offices are planned on being closed over the next two years.
Closing ticket offices will result in hundreds of tube workers being thrown on the dole. It would also make stations and the underground more dangerous in emergencies such as fires and more dangerous and less accessible to vulnerable groups, people with disabilities, the elderly and people on their own. No one will be there to help people who have problems with their Oyster cards and with ticket barriers, or when they have health problems, like heart attacks, strokes or epileptic fits.
How can we oppose the planned closures?
• Support Tube workers actions against closures
• Form or join passenger action groups
• Write to newspapers, call in to radio stations to protest
• Post on social media
• Let local MPs and councillors know your views
Anarchist Federation (London) firstname.lastname@example.org
BM Anarfed WC1N 3XX
On 14th September 2012 28 workers including two union representatives were sacked from the Westbourne Park site of the Crossrail development in London. In addition 15 workers were laid off at the Chatham docks site of Crossrail.
The main contractor for the tunnelling operation is the Bam Ferrovial Kier (BFK) consortium. Because safety reps from the mechanical and engineering contractors EIS had raised concerns about health and safety they were removed from the site even though their contract was meant to last into 2013. Shortly after part of the tunnelling equipment collapsed at Westbourne Park.
Crossrail is the biggest construction project in Europe. It will not be completed until 2018. It is costing £18 billion, twice the cost of the Olympics. Tax avoidance is rampant among contractors building it
Pickets put up soon after turned away deliveries and on several occasions building workers have caused a traffic gridlock by blockading the major route of Oxford Street in central London. There were two quite well attended blacklist flashmob evening events – one outside the Crossrail BFK job at Tottenham Court Road Station and another of their’s adjacent to Liverpool Street station
The workers need to be reinstated. After an unofficial mass walk-out at Ratcliff-on- Soar power station involving 800 workers a sacked worker was reinstated.
BFK are trying to attack health and safety guarantees and at the same time make sure wages are kept down by stopping workers organising. The electrical engineer working for EIS was sacked because he took a photo of unsafe high voltage electrical cables.
BAM and Keir (part of the BFK Consortium) are part of the illegal blacklisting conspiracy in the Consulting Association that was exposed in 2009. This fight needs to be won. Maximum support is needed in beefing up the picket lines and the actions and providing financial support. This is an important struggle and needs the utmost solidarity.
Over 2000 bus drivers from nine garages across north London took 24 hour strike action from 3am Thursday 29 November 2012 following Arriva North’s decision not to award workers a percentage pay increase this year despite massive profits.
DB Group which owns Arriva PLC made a €853,665,000 in profit before tax in the half year to 30 June this year.
93 per cent of the drivers who took part in the ballot, voted for strike action. The drivers are already in the their second year of a pay freeze and from April next year the workers will enter a third year of pay freezes. Workers at the majority of London’s bus operators have received increases this year as have TfL (Transport for London) staff across London.
Arriva North, the biggest single operator in London, attempted to prevent the strike through court action but were forced to drop its case. One in 10 bus routes were effected with the strike hitting north London but also a number of routes into central London.
Further strikes are possible.