United Kingdom - Transport strike in Manchester - October 31, 2017
On the 2 October 2017, transport workers went on strike in Manchester. First bus drivers went on strike to demand fair pay, after trade union Unite claimed that First reneged on standing agreements with the union. On the 3 October 2017 the rail workers of the trade union RTM took action. The rail companies plan to scrap train conductors from their services, which is causing safety concerns. Buying new rolling stock that does not require a conductor, is part of Northern Rails’ modernisation policy. The regional organiser for RMT said that employers wish to cut standards and cut safety to boost the profit of shareholders. Negotiations between Northern Rail and RMT have stalled.
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