Socialist rail union issues strike notice

Another rail union has announced that it intends to take strike action later this month. The socialist ACOD Spoor union has issued a strike notice for a 24-hour strike in 2 weeks. The strike will start on 28 June at 10pm. ACOD Spoor says that it is striking because not all railway staff haven’t been included in the list of so-called “demanding professions” within the public services.

The list of “demanding professions” has been drawn up to offer exceptions to the Federal Government pension reforms to those in for example physically demanding jobs.by leaving out railway staff the leader of ACOD Spoor Ludo Stempels says “Everyone working on the railways will have to work longer and will get less pension”.

12 days of rail disruption?

In the worst case scenario rail passengers could experience as many as 12 days’ disruption on the railways.   

The Francophone Metisp-Protect union that broke away from the socialist trade union announced 8 days of strike action in a press statement yesterday.

The union intends to strike on 24, 25, 26 and 29 June and on 2, 4, 6, 9 and 11 July. Metisp-Protect is a relatively new union that has announced that it intended to take strike action in the past only to call off its strikes just before they were due to take place.    

Earlier this week the Autonomous Train Drivers Union ASTB announced a 48 hour strike to start at 3am on Friday 22 June. The Independent Union of Rail Staff OVS has also issued a strike notice for 24 hours of strike action on 27 June. If the strikes actually happen a minimum service will be guaranteed for the first time since the law was change, making a guaranteed minimum services obligatory during strikes.