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Central trains Christmas strikes

Issue No. 2032

Hundreds of senior train conductors in the RMT rail workers’ union on Central Trains struck twice over the Christmas period forcing the company to cancel more than half of its services.

Workers struck over pay on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Central Trains ran around 400 of its 1,200 services planned for New Year’s Eve and restricted services to “key routes” on New Year’s Day.

The dispute is over extra pay for working on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, as well as the introduction of a new computerised rostering system.

The strikes mainly hit the East and West Midlands.

The RMT union called off strikes on Midland Mainline set for 24 and 31 December and 1 January after staff accepted a pay offer.

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Sat 6 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2032
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