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RMT defends overtime ban

Issue No. 2365

RMT union members at East Midlands trains continued action short of a strike last weekend, after judges threw out bosses’ attempt to get an injunction against them.

Workers are observing an overtime ban at the same time as major engineering works in Nottingham station.

It was called over a breakdown in industrial relations, which the RMT blames on a “culture of bullying, harassment and victimisation” in the company.

Bosses called it an “invented dispute” and intend to appeal.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said, “Instead of wasting the court’s time and their customers money with another punt on the anti-union laws, East Midlands Trains should be sitting down with RMT and resolving this dispute.”

The overtime ban has been solid, but bosses are also trying to blame disruptions to services on a shortage of drivers—not on the industrial action.

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Tue 6 Aug 2013, 16:22 BST
Issue No. 2365
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