Guards, revenue protection inspectors and retail staff in the RMT union at One railway in north Essex struck last Saturday and Monday of this week, in support of an unfairly dismissed colleague.
The dispute is set to escalate as the union’s 800 members at One have begun voting in a ballot over the sacking of guard Paul Yarwood and the company’s failure to support others involved in an incident with a fare evader at Colchester North station on 7 June.
The ballot is set to close on Wednesday of next week.
Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, said, “There is massive and growing anger among our members at One over the company’s total failure to support its own staff.
“I am confident that our members will return a massive vote for strike action across the company.
“If One wants to earn the trust of its workforce it must start by reinstating Paul Yarwood.
“It is our members who have asked for a ballot across the entire company.
“Rather than waste time and effort in trying to face them down, the company should start working with them to put adequate protection and genuine support in place.”