The results of industrial action ballots involving thousands of workers at different rail companies across the country were set to be announced as Socialist Worker went to press. Yes votes could mean co-ordinated and hardhitting action that would bring rail services to a halt.
RMT union members at South West Trains and National Express East Anglia balloted over job cuts at both companies, while workers at First Capital Connect are being balloted over plans to cut the opening hours of 40 ticket offices.
RMT members at London Overground balloted over the breakdown of industrial relations. All of these ballots closed on Tuesday of this week.
The Aslef train drivers’ union is balloting for action at National Express East Anglia. This ballot closes on 9 April.
In other disputes, almost 1,400 RMT members at South Eastern Trains are balloting for strike action over a number of issues including 350 job cuts, the safe working of new trains and imposition of new job descriptions and working conditions.
RMT members across the lucrative Govia franchise will be voting in a ballot that closes on 30 March.
Over 250 RMT members employed by Nexus on the Tyne and Wear Metro are also to be balloted. This ballot also closes on 30 March.
Meanwhile, almost 100 revenue protection officers in the RMT at Southern Railway are to be balloted for action short of a strike. This opens on Tuesday of next week and closes on 7 April.
The TSSA union is also balloting in a number of the companies over the same issues.