OVER 5,000 train guards working for 21 companies are to vote on strikes over safety. The RMT rail union is calling the action after train companies reneged on a deal last year to preserve the safety role of guards.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow says, 'For most operators safety has come a poor second to profit. This shameful cash-first attack on safety standards is a threat to everyone who works or travels on the railways. That means we have no other option but to ballot our train crew members-with a strong recommendation that they vote yes for action.'
The move comes after Aslef, the train drivers' union, announced it would move to strike action to win back national pay rates. That ballot could begin at the end of April.