Members of the RMT rail workers union across One railway have voted by more than five to one to strike in support of a guard sacked following an incident with a violent and abusive passenger.
They voted by 300 to 59 to strike. The union has received an unprecedented number of messages of support from the public over the case of Paul Yarwood.
Over 100 guards, revenue-protection inspectors and retail staff in north Essex have already struck for two days over the issue.
Bob Crow, the RMT general secretary, said, “Our members across One have demonstrated their solidarity with Paul by voting overwhelmingly to strike.
“There is massive anger at the company’s abysmal failure to stand by staff who face the daily danger of abuse and assault while management stay safely hidden away in their offices.
“Rather than continue to bury their heads in the sand, the company should recognise that its stance is unacceptable, reinstate Paul and start listening to its workforce.
“If they do not, they will face strike action by all our 800 members across the company.”