The result of the TSSA union’s ballot of its 7,000 members at Network Rail to defend the Railway Pension Scheme was disappointing.
Workers in bands one to four voted by 33.1 percent for strike action while workers in bands five to eight voted by 42.8 percent.
In a previous referendum of all its members, 87.48 percent rejected Network Rail’s proposal and 59.31 percent voted in support of balloting for strike action.
Despite the low vote for a strike, the opposition to cuts in pension benefits remains very clear.
TSSA has seen an increase in membership during the ballot and the union is in a stronger position to represent members. The consultation period for cuts in pension benefits has still some time to run and nearly 90 percent of our members are against cuts in benefits.
Chief executive Iain Coucher has said that if a majority of staff do not want a change in their pension then there will be no cut in pension benefits. We should hold him to his word.