Railway maintenance workers vote to strike, further action brewing in the industry

Railway maintenance workers vote to strike, further action brewing in the industry

RMT members have voted strongly for strike action, in what stands to be the first national strike of rail workers in 16 years. Other workers including signallers and electrical supply controllers may also strike following their ballots in the coming weeks.

Railway maintenance workers have voted for strike action in an RMT-organised ballot, with the prospect of strikes over the Easter bank holiday - the most effective time to take action – still on the table.

Network Rail plans to axe 1,500 jobs, alongside introducing increased weekend working for its staff. According to the RMT, workers are concerned about the safety implications of the redundancies alongside an increasing workload, antisocial hours and the prospect of compulsory redundancies. Network Rail's plans have already faced criticism (including from the Office of Rail Regulation and 150 MPs) on safety grounds. 77% voted for strike action, with 89% voting for action short of a strike. The turnout for the ballot was 65%. No strike dates will be announced until the 19th of March.

Meanwhile, further strike action is brewing amongst other sections of workers in the industry. 5,500 signal workers could strike following the announcement of their ballot, due to take place next week. Even Network Rail management has conceded that a signallers' strike would paralyse significant sections of the rail network. The RMT has suggested the prospect of a single strike by both sets of workers.

On top of this, the TSSA union announced today that it would ballot 1,600 of its members including electrical controllers over a 0.8% pay offer over the coming weeks. The union announces the result of a separate ballot of 2,000 of its members tomorrow.

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Zanturaeon
Mar 12 2010 21:24

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Union_of_Rail,_Maritime_and_Transport_Workers
National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers
Members: 80,000
Country: United Kingdom
Affiliation: TUC, STUC, ITF
General Secretary: Bob Crow
Office location: London, England
Website: http://www.rmt.org.uk

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Salaried_Staffs%27_Association
Transport Salaried Staffs' Association
Founded: 1897
Members: 32,000
Countries: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland
Affiliation: TUC, STUC
President: Andy Bain
General Secretary: Gerry Doherty
Office location: London, England
Website: http://www.tssa.org.uk

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_Rail
Type: Company limited by guarantee
Industry: Railway infrastructure provision
Founded: 2002
Headquarters: London, England, UK
Non Executive Chairman: Rick Haythornthwaite
Chief Executive: Iain Coucher
Group Infrastructure Director: Peter Henderson
Group Finance Director: Patrick Butcher
Revenue: £6.1 Billion (2009
Employees: 33,000
Website: http://www.networkrail.co.uk

For those who didn't already know.

Django
Mar 16 2010 19:41

Railway depot supervisors have also voted to strike in a TSSA - organised ballot over the same dispute. Details here.

Django
Mar 17 2010 18:48

Network Rail bosses have gone on the offensive, taking out newpaper adds attacking the strike. There are clear fears about the scale of the action, especially if the signallers do come out.

Details here.

Yorkie Bar
Apr 18 2010 09:35
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railroad material suppliers

The first time I read this I thought it was a genuine political statement...