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Signallers win concessions

Issue No. 2123

Effective strike action last week by 450 rail signallers and signal supervisors in the RMT transport union in Scotland has won serious gains from their Network Rail employer. The workers were angry at the company’s plans to impose roster changes at short notice.

The workers struck for 24 hours from 12 noon on Tuesday of last week, bringing most of the Scottish rail network to a standstill.

A second 24-hour strike set to take place from 12 noon on Thursday of last week was suspended after management agreed to new talks.

Management then agreed to withdraw its plans on rosters, although there are some outstanding issues on promotion, transfers and redundancy.

One RMT member at Network Rail in Scotland told Socialist Worker, “The strike was very much solid across the country with very few services running.

“The train companies had to run replacement buses.

“As far as we’re concerned the company has backed down. Many of the members were looking for the action to carry on to give Network Rail even more of a bloody nose, but the vast majority are happy with what the action won.”

Meanwhile, train drivers in the Aslef and RMT unions at Northern Rail suspended a strike set for Monday of this week, over a breakdown of industrial relations, following talks.

And over 1,000 members of the TSSA and RMT transport unions at Arriva Trains Wales are balloting for strike action over a below-inflation pay offer.

The ballot closes on 28 October. Some 30 managers in the TSSA struck over pay differentials last month.


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Tue 14 Oct 2008, 18:24 BST
Issue No. 2123
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