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Vote to strike against rail workers’ job cuts

Issue No. 2147

Over 3,000 workers in the RMT transport union at six contractors who work for the Network Rail infrastructure company are to be balloted for industrial action after the firms failed to say there would be no compulsory redundancies.

Around 1,000 RMT members at Jarvis are voting on action after the company announced plans to cut 450 jobs after Network Rail’s decision to cancel 28 percent of track renewals this year. The ballot will close on Tuesday of next week.

Workers at Balfour Beatty, Babcock, Colas, Amey Infrastructure and Volker Rail Plant are also set to ballot.

And RMT members will lobby parliament on 5 May.

Some 100 train conductors in the RMT union at London Midland took their fifth day of strike action on Tuesday of this week against plans to force them to work on Sundays.

Civilian staff in the TSSA transport union at British Transport Police are set to strike for 48 hours from 7am this Saturday over recognition and two-tier wage rates at the two national control centres in London and Birmingham.

The wage structure means that long-serving workers enjoy British Rail style pensions and benefits while newer workers are tied to the worse conditions applied by the private companies that now run the railways.

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Tue 14 Apr 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2147
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