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National Express East Anglia to strike over pay

Issue No. 2161

Workers in the RMT and Aslef transport unions at National Express East Anglia have voted by over 90 percent to strike over pay, conditions and reorganisation.

Workers in both unions will strike on Thursday and Friday of next week, and the following three Thursdays and Fridays.

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, said, “The RMT is in no doubt that the failure to make any kind of meaningful pay offer to staff on National Express East Anglia is all about the company trying to milk the franchises that they have left, fatten up their profits and make their staff pay for a crisis which was cooked up in the boardroom by senior managers who have now jumped ship.

“RMT members have shown in this ballot that they are not prepared to be the victims of the National Express franchise chaos.

“They are determined to fight for a decent pay rise and for decent working conditions.

“This company has made half a billion in profits out of our members over the past decade, it’s a scandal that they are offering their staff peanuts.”

RMT members voted by nine to one for action while Aslef members also voted by 95 percent.

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Tue 21 Jul 2009, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2161
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