Last Saturday (26 Sept) we had a well attended and enthusiastic solidarity picket with the RMT - on strike for fair pay and conditions including keeping ticket offices open and protecting jobs. This has resulted in very good local media coverage (many thanks to Lorne!).
And our efforts sparked the attention of Mick Lynch, (RMT general secretary) who sent us a message - “ Hello Brothers & Sisters in Berwick on the picket. I am so proud if what you are doing - your strength and solidarity is an inspiration. Keep united and see it through."
This Saturday (2 Sept picket line 9-11am) the RMT are on strike again as the government refuses to allow the rail companies to make a revised offer. Martin Mccleary, Berwick RMT Secretary, says -
"Companies are intent on de-staffing the railway and making us pay for a real terms pay cut by attacking our terms and conditions. Our picket lines have been praised by Mick Lynch - let’s get another bumper turn out to show we are still here. I wish to thank you all for your help during our campaign to save our ticket office. I hope to see you on Saturday morning."