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Signal strike hits hard

by Alan Thomson
Issue No. 2042

Striking signal workers in Scotland last week were joined on the picket line by Solidarity MSP Tommy Sheridan (centre) (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Striking signal workers in Scotland last week were joined on the picket line by Solidarity MSP Tommy Sheridan (centre) (Pic: Duncan Brown)


Signalling staff in the RMT union in Scotland struck for 48 hours from Wednesday of last week. The dispute is over implementation of a national agreement on the 35-hour week with Network Rail.

Signallers want to bank the savings from working the current 36-hour week and take an additional rest day. Network Rail agreed this in England and Wales but in Scotland the bosses are trying to force through their own scheme.

Striking signallers at Glasgow Central station had doubts over the safety of the scab service operated by managers.

The signallers reported that the scabs had been unable to cope with routine maintenance of points and that speed restrictions had been imposed.

One signaller said, “It’s a pathetic service, a monkey could operate it. It’s a token gesture. They’re just trying to demoralise us.”

The RMT was set to have negotiations with management on Wednesday of this week. The union had announced more strikes.

The RMT also announced a ballot of 4,000 signalling and supervisory members throughout Britain over the dispute.

On Monday unions and management entered talks.


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Sat 17 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2042
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