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Strikes win new offer at National Express

Issue No. 2165

Workers from all three unions joined the National Express picket line in Southend on Thursday of last week (Pic: Tim Sneller)

Workers from all three unions joined the National Express picket line in Southend on Thursday of last week (Pic: Tim Sneller)


Transport unions suspended strike action at National Express East Anglia last week after receiving a new offer from management.

Workers in the RMT, Aslef and TSSA unions struck over pay and conditions on Thursday of last week, but action planned for Friday was called off.

TSSA members were striking for the first time, while RMT and Aslef members had already struck for four days.

The RMT is claiming a “major victory” after the company increased its pay offer from 0.5 percent with strings to 3.5 percent with no strings over two years.

There is the possibility that workers could get a further 0.5 percent on top, taking the increase to 4 percent.

Impact

It is clear that the solid action, which was having a major impact on services to and from London Liverpool Street station, forced bosses to move, but more action could have won an even better offer.

Workers will now vote on whether to accept the new offer. Deep anger with the company means that it could be rejected and that more action may follow.

A striking Aslef member told Socialist Worker, “There is a lot of suspicion as people don’t trust the company.

“Its breaking of agreements is the original reason behind this dispute.

“People want to see action not words, and the company’s behaviour needs to change.

“Any agreement will need to be closely monitored.”


RMT members on Arriva Cross Country are continuing their month-long industrial action over pay and conditions.

The union reports that an overtime and non-rostered Sunday working ban, combined with a refusal to pick up litter, is causing severe disruption in Stansted, the Midlands and Wales.

The action is due to continue until early September.


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Tue 18 Aug 2009, 17:47 BST
Issue No. 2165
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