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Solid strike at National Express East Anglia

Issue No. 2163

On the picket line at Liverpool Street  (Pic: http://www.guysmallman.com/» Guy Smallman )

On the picket line at Liverpool Street (Pic: » Guy Smallman)


Members of the Aslef and RMT transport unions working for National Express East Anglia struck on Thursday and Friday of last week, severely disrupting the company’s train services.

The strike was solid, following a vote of over 90 percent for action over pay, conditions and reorganisation.

Around 25 workers joined picket lines at Norwich station on Thursday, while London Liverpool Street station also saw a lively protest.

Workers are angry at management’s treatment of them, reporting that bullying and suspensions over minor matters are rife.

National Express has made almost £500 million in profits from its rail operations over the last ten years, while grabbing almost £2.5 million in public subsidies.

Bob Crow, the RMT’s ­general secretary, said, “This is a greedy company, pumped full of public subsidies that now expects their staff to take a hit on their pay and working conditions while the top bosses fatten up their profits at the expense of the travelling public and the workforce.

“National Express has already created chaos through the impending collapse of their franchise on the East Coast route.

“Under the franchise rules it should be given notice to quit on East Anglia and C2C lines.

“The sooner the government kick them off the tracks and renationalise all their franchises the better.”

More strikes are planned for each Thursday and Friday for the next three weeks.

Members of the TSSA union have also voted to join the action.


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Tue 4 Aug 2009, 19:27 BST
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