Members of the RMT union working for Network Rail in Scotland and Cumbria have voted overwhelmingly to strike in a dispute over bonuses.
They will strike on Friday of next week. Some 119 Network Rail staff employed in the area that includes the site of the Grayrigg crash have had their £400 bonus withheld.
Scottish signalers were denied bonuses for striking to defend an agreement on working hours.
Delegates to the union’s annual general meeting in Edinburgh voted unanimously to ballot all 15,000 Network Rail members for strike action over the bonus issues.
Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, said, “The unanimous vote by delegates at our annual general meeting should send the message to Network Rail that 75,000 RMT members are united behind their brothers and sisters in Scotland and Cumbria who are being victimised and scapegoated.
“Network Rail have told us they will not negotiate and our choice is either to accept what the bosses say or fight, and our members have chosen to fight.
“Network Rail should take a serious look at the double standards that have resulted in this dispute and think again about its rash refusal to negotiate.”