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Issue No. 2477

Hitachi grabs the cash

Train manufacturer Hitachi is set to trouser £400,000 of public money a day even if its new trains aren’t used.

The Great Western routes haven’t been electrified in time to use the firm’s high speed trains. 

Two groups of London transport workers have voted to strike over breakdowns in industrial relations. 

Piccadilly Line Tube drivers voted by 70 percent to walk out and Docklands Light Railway staff voted by 92 percent for strikes.

Dates were still to be announced as Socialist Worker went to press.

The RMT union suspended a planned 48-hour strike at rail freight firm Freightliner last week. 

Bosses made a new offer, backdated to 1 April 2015. 

Workers will now get a 2.6 percent increase for the nine months to December and 3 percent next year.

A planned 48-hour strike by RMT Arriva Wales train drivers was suspended for talks last week. 

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Tue 27 Oct 2015, 16:16 GMT
Issue No. 2477
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