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Metronet Strike On The Eve Of Mayoral Vote - 7030/11650
Written by Lee on Friday, 18th April 2008

The RMT's 2,500 members at Metronet will strike for 48 hours from 10:30am on Monday April 28 after failing to win unequivocal written guarantees on outsourcing, pensions and travel facilities (link below.)

The union has been seeking guarantees that when Metronet contracts are transferred to TfL, none of its 2,500 Metronet members will be transferred to other employers, and that all will be allowed to join the TfL pension scheme and receive the same travel facilities as other TfL employees.

Members voted by a margin of more than four to one to strike.

The planned industrial action would be likely to cripple Underground services in the capital and come as the campaigns for the May 1 London Assembly and mayoral elections hit their peak.

In the mayoral vote, incumbent Ken Livingstone is facing a strong challenge from Conservative candidate Boris Johnson, with polls either putting Johnson ahead or the pair neck and neck.

London's transport network has been one of the main battlegrounds in the campaign.

Re: Metronet Strike On The Eve Of Mayoral Vote - 7030/11730
Written by Lee on Monday, 21st April 2008

The strike could well be off, amid reports of "substantial progress" (link below.)

Re: Metronet Strike On The Eve Of Mayoral Vote - 7030/11774
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 22nd April 2008

The strike has indeed been called off (link below.)

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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