TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION, U.K. NATIONAL UNION OF RAIL IN PACT

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by The Transport Workers Union of America and received
via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
March 26, 2013 
U.S. Transport Workers Union and U.K. National Union of Rail,
Maritime and Transport Workers Form Trans-Atlantic Alliance 
Landmark Agreement is designed to Promote Safety and Support
Joint Campaigns for Better Pay, Benefits, and Working Conditions 
Washington and London - The Transport Workers Union of America
(TWU) and the UK-based National Union of Rail, Maritime and
Transport Workers (RMT) announced today that both unions have
agreed to a “Trans-Atlantic Alliance,” to cooperate on safety
issues; launch joint campaigns targeting employers in-common;
and to advance a global strategy promoting the right of workers
to organize unions and bargain to improve their working lives. 
“This is an important step for everyone who works in the
transport industry on both sides of the Atlantic,” said TWU
International President James C. Little. “It means the voices of
working men and women will be heard loud and clear in the U.S.
and the United Kingdom.  With privileged elites in both
countries demanding ‘austerity’ for us while enjoying record
profits and lavish lifestyles, there’s never been a better time
for workers to join hands across borders and across the ocean to
build a stronger, smarter and more sophisticated international
labor movement.” 
“This is great news if you work in transport in the U.S. or the
U.K.,” said RMT General Secretary Bob Crow. “But if you’re a
corporate executive who doesn’t want to treat workers fairly, or
a government official who doesn’t understand the value of public
employees… watch out. We’re stronger today than we were
yesterday.  We’re going to pool resources, share research and
conduct joint campaigns to advance the pay, pensions, health
care and working conditions of transport workers on both sides
of the Atlantic.” 
The two unions will work together to promote worker and
passenger safety in all transportation sectors, the two leaders
said.  TWU and RMT also will: 
·         Facilitate joint campaigns; 
·         Coordinate innovative growth strategies; 
·         Support industrial action and organizing campaigns 
in the U.S. and the U.K.; 
·         Act in support of workers’ rights in multinational 
companies, combining the resources of the two 
organizations along supply chains and transport 
hubs; 
·         Collaborate on policy and strategic planning. 
“This is the right move at the right time,” said Little. “Our
members face many of the same employers and the same wrong-headed government policies. Together, we can be a more effective
voice for working people.” 
“Let’s face it: Companies are global, and any trade union that
doesn’t operate on a global basis isn’t really in the game,”
said Crow. “RMT members have always been forceful advocates for
workers and for progressive issues, and TWU members are like-minded. It’s a good fit and we’re excited to move forward.” 
The U.S. Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) represents
200,000 workers and retirees, in commercial aviation, public
transportation, passenger railroads and gaming. The U.K.-based
National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) is
Britain’s fastest growing trade union, representing more than
80,000 members in almost every sector of the transport industry,
from mainline and underground rail to shipping and offshore,
buses and road-freight. 
Contact:
Jamie Horwitz, 202/549-4921
media@twu.org 
(bjh) NY 
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