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Green light for signal workers' strike

Issue No. 2091

Over 50 signallers, members of the RMT union, in the Lincoln area were set to launch their second strike on Tuesday of this week over Network Rail’s failure to honour an agreement covering displaced staff.

The union moved the strike from Saturday 1 March to increase the impact of the action after the company used managers to staff boxes during the first strike on Saturday 23 February.

The strike follows Network Rail making a worker with 33 years’ experience redundant.

Over 400 signallers and signalling supervisors in the Great Northern area between Doncaster and London King’s Cross are being balloted over the same dispute.

More than 500 signallers and supervisors in the north east of England are also being balloted in a separate dispute sparked by the treatment of a signalling manager in York.

The RMT has asked the Railways Inspectorate to investigate an incident that took place during the strike on 23 February in which track workers and passengers were put at serious risk by an error that could have sent a passenger train on the Newark-Lincoln line through an engineering site at up to 70mph.

This would have been done by a Network Rail manager, who was breaking the strike.

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Tue 4 Mar 2008, 19:06 GMT
Issue No. 2091
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