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Rail maintence workers to strike

Rail signalling and supervisory staff workers have voted to strike in protest against new working conditions, the RMT Union revealed today.

54% of staff voted for strike action, while 77% voted for action short of a strike on a turnout of 71%.

Maintenance staff last week also voted for strike action.

Results of the ballot will be considered by the RMT executive on Thursday 25th March. If no resolution is made then action will be called.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “Once again in this ballot RMT members have shown that they back the unions campaign against Network Rail’s cuts programme and the assault on jobs and working conditions that even the Government’s own regulator, the ORR, has said will have severe safety implications out on the tracks.

“Nobody should be under any illusions about just how determined RMT members are to win our fight against Network Rail’s cuts programme and to stop this reckless gamble with rail safety. Over 150 MP’s have signed the Early Day Motion opposing Network Rail’s cuts plans and have urged the Government to intervene to call a halt to this jobs carnage on the tracks.

“Last week the transport minister Sadiq Khan said in the Commons that it would be “unwise to shed jobs” with the planned expansion of the railways that is underway and we are calling for him to ram that point home with Network Rail.

“RMT remains committed to reaching a negotiated settlement with Network Rail based on protecting safety-critical jobs and safe working practices. With the combination of the strike mandates, political and public pressure the focus is now on the company to pull back from the brink and reverse their cuts programme,” he said.

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