The last issue of RMT News contained a useful pull-out on the historic 1919 railway strike. It captured some of the excitement of the action and its success in beating back pay cuts. The strikers and their supporters are heroes of our history and deserve to be remembered and honoured.
Workers' self-defence starts with getting unionised at work. This section includes material on the trade union struggles and issues I am involved in and/or urge you to support!
Call centre working is a danger to your mental health.
Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, high blood pressure, sleeping problems and even suicidal thoughts are common among call centre workers.
More than 4 in 5 respondents to a Unison survey said that work made them stressed.
In another survey [Mind], when asked how workplace stress affected them:
As call centre workers face a mental health crisis, Janine advocates organising for workplace change.
A three-day course for new RMT reps - or activists considering becoming reps.
When workers leave their homes to graft
by muscle or by brain
The least they need is safety from
the dangers and the strain
So those who wave their loved ones off
can wave them home again
Flowers will lie beside the line
where working people fell
For those who keep our railways safe -
they must be safe as well
If you have already completed the Stage 1 training, PCS will be contacting you to invite you to this course.