Frederick Douglass

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them..." Frederick Douglass

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

London Transit Strike Upcoming

Two union activists were fired and the UK's RMT union is planning strikes in May and June in retaliation.

The articles linked below say that only 29% of workers balloted approved the strike. I've written to the union asking for clarification of their voting procedures, will print their reply if forthcoming.

The BBC's unapologetically unbalanced report contains this:

There have been calls for the law to be changed so a majority of those eligible to vote, rather than those balloted, have to back industrial action before strikes can go ahead.

This would be a disaster. It would mean that if only slightly more than half its membership showed up for a vote--much more than usually attend our ATU charter meetings--then a strike vote would have to be nearly unanimous.

And if the enemies of organized labor succeed in this draconian measure there...

I will follow this action closely and post regularly.