A Message of Solidarity to All RMT Strikers

Our workplace organiser writes a letter of solidarity to those striking today. Dear brothers and sisters, At today’s meeting of the Scottish Socialist Party national executive committee (NEC) I reported on the issues behind your strike, the updated position in your battle against wholesale Driver Only Operations (DOO) trains, and the role of Abellio Scotrail […]

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Whose Side Are They On?

by Richie Venton, SSP national workplace organiser Earlier today I and others from the SSP joined a big, determined demonstration outside the Scottish parliament, called by the RMT in support of their fight to Keep the Guards on our trains, to make our trains safe. Striking conductors/guards were there in good number, alongside other RMT […]

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A Tale of TWO Great Train Robberies

by Richie Venton, SSP national trade union organizer Back in August 1963 there was an almighty hue and cry when Ronnie Biggs, Bruce Reynolds and their pals meticulously planned and executed the theft of £2.6million from the Glasgow to London Royal Mail train. In today’s money, that was £48m stolen (and never recovered) in the […]

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Scotrail Bosses Mix Lies with Declaration of War on Safety

by Richie Venton, SSP national trade union organiser The morning before the first 24-hour strike by Scotrail train guards/conductors in defence of public safety, a group of RMT union activists gathered outside Abellio’s Glasgow HQ. They brought their own table and chairs, and set it up outside the entrance to the Dutch state company’s offices […]

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Keep The Guards On Our Trains – Support the RMT Strikes

by Richie Venton, SSP national trade union organiser Train conductors/guards in the Rail, Maritime & Transport workers’ union – RMT – have just announced a series of strikes on Scotrail, starting on Tuesday 21st June. Their action – strikes accompanied by overtime bans – is designed to halt Abellio bosses in their dash for Driver […]

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Caledonian MacBrayne remains public!

Slightly earlier than the demo banners above anticipated, the Scottish Government have announced their preferred bidder for the West Coast – keeping Caledonian MacBrayne ferries public. The Scottish Socialist Party welcomes this announcement. We oppose all privatisation and rent-seeking capitalism. Richie Venton, the SSP’s national workplace organiser celebrated: “This is a victory for united, militant […]

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