Transport Workers Struggles
Australian transport workers forum discusses the necessity for a new political perspective
By our reporter, 19 February 2018
The meeting created the conditions for public transport and other workers in Australia and New Zealand to grapple with the political issues raised by the fight to defend jobs, wages and conditions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 February 2018
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union directly facilitated the sell-off by suppressing widespread opposition among bus drivers over the past 12 months.
By Hector Cordon, 9 February 2018
The Teamsters union agreed to federal mediation Thursday with management arrogantly holding fast to its concession demands.
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 February 2018
The New South Wales government has made clear that its offer of marginal wage increases is tied to sweeping cuts to working conditions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 February 2018
The January 29 strike was banned by the Fair Work Commission, the pro-business industrial tribunal created by Labor, with the support of the unions.
By Hector Cordon, 2 February 2018
After a one-day strike in November failed to yield an improved contract offer, schoolbus drivers walked off the job Thursday in what is being billed as an indefinite strike.
By Oscar Grenfell, 25 January 2018
To combat the ruling, workers must break with Labor and the unions, and reject their bogus claims that the big business tribunal is an “independent umpire.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 January 2018
Rail workers responded with hostility to the union’s attempt to call off Monday’s stoppage, on the basis of an “offer” providing no details of the government’s demands for cuts to jobs and conditions.
By Jean LaChance and Hector Cordon, 23 January 2018
Drivers voted by 85 percent to reject a concessions deal brought back by the Teamsters union
By Eric Ludlow, 23 January 2018
The train crash in Sydney highlights the deterioration of the city’s rail network, which is creating the conditions for new disasters.
By our reporters, 22 January 2018
Train staff, passengers and other sections of workers speak out in favour of a planned stoppage to fight the attacks on jobs, wages and conditions.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 January 2018
The union has held backroom discussions with the government to suppress the stoppage, fearing it could become the focal point of a broader movement of the working class.
By John Marion, 18 January 2018
Three years after a series of snow storms shut down Boston’s public transportation system, no real improvements to the decrepit infrastructure have been made.
By Michael Barnes, 8 January 2018
As dangerous incidents begin to escalate, the rail companies and the Tory government refuse to retreat in their war against conductors’ jobs.
By Terry Cook, 8 January 2018
The RTBU deal further erodes working conditions, real wages and opens the way for increased casualisation.
By John Marion, 29 December 2017
A report by the transport authority’s Fiscal and Management Control Board hints at plans to continue privatizing the nation’s fifth-largest public transportation system.
By Trévon Austin, 19 December 2017
Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in the accident, which resulted in at least three deaths and scores of injuries.
By Steve Filips, 18 December 2017
William Stubbs, 51, a 17-year UPS employee was killed while unloading a trailer parked at a dock.
By W.A. Sunil, 14 December 2017
Rail unions axed the strike because it represented a direct challenge to the government’s austerity policies and threatened to draw in other sections of workers.
By Alan Whyte, 12 December 2017
Three recent reports reveal mounting crisis of the New York metropolitan area’s mass bus, subway and railroad systems.
Betrayal of UK rail workers’ fight against driver only operations reveals treacherous role of unions
By Michael Barnes, 4 December 2017
The sellout of Southern rail workers—with conductors holding 39 days of strikes and drivers many days of walkouts—demonstrates there is no line the unions will not cross.
By Hector Cordon, 30 November 2017
Several hundred school bus drivers walked out Wednesday morning in Seattle, against First Student’s unilateral imposition of its “last, best and final” contract offer.
By Jeff Lusanne, 23 November 2017
Along with more cuts and closures, CSX has put the lives of train dispatchers in disarray with many being forced to sleep in their cars.
By Jeff Lusanne, 9 October 2017
Widespread workers’ opposition is not only to the increased health care costs, but to decades of concessions to the railroads while they continued to make billions.
By John Marion, 13 September 2017
The unelected Financial and Management Control Board has accelerated its plans for the privatization of public transportation, rather than providing safe transportation.
By Jeff Lusanne, 9 September 2017
Hundreds of thousands need to flee the path of Hurricane Irma. Instead of fleets of trains carrying them away, residents are left to fend for themselves in their own cars on congested roads.
By John Marion, 2 September 2017
Lack of rational planning combined with out-and-out corruption are the main contributing factors to the crisis of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority serving greater Boston.
CSX worker in Tennessee seriously injured due to cutbacks
By Jeff Lusanne, 25 August 2017
Railroads continue to push for concessions three years after contracts for 145,000 workers expired, while implementing cost-cutting changes to please Wall Street.
By Jeff Lusanne, 10 August 2017
Workers at yards across the CSX system have been pushed aggressively to speed up work, risking injury, under the threat of yards being downgraded or closed.
By Jeff Lusanne, 4 August 2017
As the CEO blames employees for the failure of his policies, CSX workers have denounced years of eroding working conditions.
By Thomas Scripps, 15 July 2017
Recent talks have enabled Southern, Northern and Merseyrail management to escalate strikebreaking plans and impose regimes of intimidation.
By Jeff Lusanne, 12 July 2017
In a preliminary poll of train operators, 98 percent voted to strike the against the Chicago Transit Authority after 18 months without a new contract.
By Dan Conway and Jerry White, 4 July 2017
The Teamsters union shut down the strike, the 15th such walkout over the last four years, without resolving any of the critical issues demanded by the drivers.
By our reporters, 21 June 2017
Port truck drivers are fighting to be classified as full-time employees, not “independent contractors” without guaranteed wages, health benefits or job protections.
By Alan Whyte and A. Woodson, 20 June 2017
In a city that is home for 82 billionaires, the subways are still using a signal system with technology that dates back to 1904, posing significant dangers.
By Isaac Finn, 19 June 2017
New York Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio declined last week to fund a $50 million pilot program to provide half-priced fares for poor New Yorkers, as part of the fiscal 2018 budget.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 May 2017
The transport union has appealed to the government for “consultation,” underscoring its willingness to collaborate with privatisation.
By Harvey Simpkins, 1 May 2017
Employees in the national capital’s transit system are being threatened with millions of dollars in wage and benefit cuts.
By Dermot Quinn, 19 April 2017
Strike action by transport workers against Bus Eireann’s cost-cutting measures has been foiled by the unions twice since February.
By Arun Kumar, 19 April 2017
The Haryana bus stoppage underscored the intensifying class tensions across the state and India as a whole.
Build new organisations of struggle to unify rail workers
By Michael Barnes, 6 April 2017
Rail workers must break the stranglehold of the unions by creating their own rank-and-file organisations of struggle.
By Dermot Quinn, 5 April 2017
To the consternation of the unions and political establishment, Bus Eireann workers set up pickets at city bus depots and trains last Friday.
For a unified struggle of drivers and conductors
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 22 March 2017
Another “no” vote in opposition to the ASLEF/Southern deal would represent a powerful blow against the plans by the train companies and government to impose DOO.
By Robert Stevens, 17 March 2017
Dragging Zee into court was a politically motivated move, taken as rail companies seek to impose Driver Only Operated trains.
By Gustav Kemper and Marianne Arens, 17 March 2017
The union stopped a strike by ground crew at the Berlin airports, despite the employer’s refusal to submit a new offer.
By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2017
The strike by 2,000 conductors proves the willingness of transport workers to fight the destruction of their working conditions and livelihoods.
By our reporters, 14 March 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to striking rail conductors during Monday’s strikes.
By Robert Stevens, 13 March 2017
Claims by the government and rail companies that removing conductors and eventually drivers will have no impact on public safety have been proven false by several recent incidents.
By John Marion, 9 March 2017
The crisis of the MBTA caused by years of deferred maintenance and a massive February 2015 snow storm is being used to implement a prolonged assault on workers.
By Carl Bronski, 25 February 2017
Both factions in the dispute pitting the ATU against its Toronto local president and Unifor have a long record of imposing concession contracts.
By Alan Whyte, 20 February 2017
Less than one-third of those eligible to vote actually ratified the 28-month-long contract, which does nothing to improve wages, health and pension benefits and work conditions.
By Alan Whyte, 13 February 2017
With ratification ballots due back February 15, workers have expressed substantial opposition to the tentative deal pushed by the Transport Workers Union (TWU).
“The working class should defend immigrant rights”
By a WSWS reporting team, 13 February 2017
A WSWS reporting team interviewed transit workers and found a lot of hostility to the contract.
By Marianne Arens, 28 January 2017
The bus drivers in Hesse carried out their strike with great determination because they viewed it as a principled struggle against intolerable living conditions.
By Alan Whyte, 27 January 2017
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation voted Wednesday to increase its fare and tolls about 4 percent.
“We should take a stand and reject this contract”
By a WSWS reporting team, 20 January 2017
New York transit workers will be voting on a tentative agreement that will continue the erosion of their living standards and working conditions.
By Alan Whyte, 18 January 2017
Transport Workers Union Local 100 announced an agreement Monday that will do nothing to stop the erosion of living standards for 38,000 bus and subway workers in New York.
By our reporting team, 18 January 2017
Transit workers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site after the Transport Workers Union announced a deal for a new four-year agreement covering 38,000 bus and subway workers employed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).
By Shannon Jones, 17 January 2017
Published details of the agreement include a major attack on health care benefits and a derisory pay increase.
By Philip Guelpa, 16 January 2017
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs New York City’s buses and subways, is tens of billions of dollars in debt.
By Vernon Stevens, 12 January 2017
Transit workers, who have not had a raise since 2014, will be voting on the agreement, which undoubtedly contains major concession on pay and out-of-pocket health expenses.
By Shannon Jones, 10 January 2017
The walkout by 463 drivers and mechanics is the first by transit workers in Dayton in nearly 60 years.
By Alan Whyte, 9 January 2017
Transport Workers Union Local 100 officials have praised state Democrats who have overseen the attack on workers’ wages and pensions.
“The working class needs better health care, wages, and retirement.”
By a WSWS reporting team, 9 January 2017
Transit workers who came to the mass membership meeting spoke to the WSWS about their most pressing concerns.
By Jeff Lusanne and Kristina Betinis, 28 December 2016
Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA officials are pressing ahead for even deeper concessions, knowing the ATU has buckled under recently in Boston, Detroit and Philadelphia.
By Harvey Simpkins and Nick Barrickman, 22 December 2016
The ultimate responsibility for Metro’s state of disrepair lies with years of underfunding of the transit system.
By John Marion, 22 December 2016
In the face of threats from MBTA management that jobs will be privatized, Boston Carmen’s Local 589 has agreed to wage cuts in the middle of the contract period.
By Alan Whyte, 12 December 2016
In a public hearing held Thursday night in Manhattan, one of eight, workers and students expressed their anger and hostility to the New York transit agency’s proposed fare hikes.
By Alan Whyte, 21 November 2016
After shutting down a six-day strike to boost the vote for Hillary Clinton, the Transport Workers Union imposed a concessions deal on Philadelphia transit workers.
By Alan Whyte, 17 November 2016
Nearly 5,000 Philadelphia transit workers are voting on a sellout deal this Friday, after the union shut down their six-day strike on the eve of Election Day.
By a WSWS reporting team, 5 November 2016
As the walkout by 4,700 Philadelphia transit workers entered its fourth day the media and Democratic politicians stepped up their attacks on the strikers.
By Alan Whyte, 2 November 2016
Transit workers are in a battle against the attack on health benefits, which is being spearheaded by the Obama administration.
By Alan Whyte, 1 November 2016
The nearly 5,000 transit workers are seeking improvements in pensions and resisting management demands for increased health care costs.
By John Marion, 21 October 2016
The speed and secrecy of the privatization drive should stand as a warning to workers.
By Alan Whyte, 19 October 2016
Nearly 6,000 bus, subway and trolley operators, cashiers and mechanics have voted to stop work if a new labor agreement is not reached by October 31.
By Ajanta Silva, 3 August 2016
The Weymouth bus drivers’ dispute demonstrates that whenever the union bureaucracy are forced to call industrial action, they ensure that it remains isolated.
By Norisa Diaz, 27 May 2016
The MTS strike follows industrial action by 1,700 San Diego AT&T telecommunications workers.
By our reporters, 6 May 2016
There is a growing mood of frustration among striking workers with the toothless protests and publicity stunts organized by the CWA and other unions.
By Alan Whyte, 5 May 2016
A spokesperson for NJ Transit reported that while a slim majority voted down the deal in the two unions, the majority of workers in the other 14 unions ratified it.
By Stéphane Hugues and Alex Lantier, 28 April 2016
The trade unions, seeking to block the entry of workers into struggle against the labour law reform, organised no meetings or protests on the strike day.
By D. Lencho, 5 April 2016
The drivers will be forced to continue working for 10 days, after which they face the possibility of a permanent restraining order.
By John Marion, 22 March 2016
The governor-appointed board votes to increase fares, end late-night service, and prepares attacks on MBTA workers’ pensions behind the scenes.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 March 2016
Unions representing 4,200 New Jersey Transit workers have agreed to sweeping concessions.
By Sandy English, 12 March 2016
Some 4,200 rail workers at New Jersey Transit, the third-largest bus, rail and light rail transit system in the US, are set to strike on Sunday over wages and health care contributions.
By John Marion, 1 March 2016
The MBTA is seeking to offload the continuing deferred maintenance crisis caused by years of underfunding onto the backs of the working class.
By John Marion, 19 January 2016
Proposed fare increases, to be effective July 1, are part of a growing attack on the basic social right to safe and affordable public transportation.
By John Marion, 4 January 2016
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority workers and riders are being pitted against each other by the release of data about employees’ earnings.
By John Marion, 15 December 2015
While human error was responsible for the incident, the old and decrepit equipment of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority played a significant role.
By our reporters, 3 November 2015
Transit and telecommunication workers in New York spoke to the WSWS about the common issues facing workers in different industries.
By Mark Witkowski and Sandy English, 22 September 2015
New York City’s first new subway station in a quarter of a century is a gift to wealthy realtors.
By John Marion, 11 September 2015
Using last winter’s systemic breakdown of the MBTA as a pretext, Governor Baker is moving to privatize as many as 30 of the system’s 170 bus routes.
By our correspondents, 29 August 2015
Despite denunciations by the Victorian state Labor government, metropolitan train drivers have voted for a similar stoppage next Friday.
By Terry Cook, 15 August 2015
After almost unanimous votes for industrial action, the union is seeking to cobble together a sellout deal with the state Labor government.
7 July 2015
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By Dietmar Henning, 4 July 2015
Hidden within a new agreement with Deutsche Bahn, the GDL has agreed to a “binding arbitration settlement”—in effect, a strike ban—for the life of the contract.
By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2015
The social eruption in Calais has also fed growing tensions between the UK and France over the refugee crisis in the city.
By Michael Barnes, 3 June 2015
The union sought to justify its action by pointing to a minor pay increase, which will be more than paid for by a cost-cutting drive being worked out behind the backs of workers.
By Ulrich Rippert, 22 May 2015
The strike was called off Thursday, the day before the Bundestag takes up the contentious “contract unity” bill, which would essentially ban strikes by smaller unions in an industry.
By Dietmar Henning, 21 May 2015
After a six-day walkout earlier this month, German train drivers resumed strikes on freight lines and passenger lines.
By Michael Barnes, 19 May 2015
The one-day stoppage has the potential to become a focal point for opposition within the working class.