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Northern Rail workers in Leeds strike over pay

by Steve Johnston
Issue No. 2485

Pickets and protesters leafleted Leeds commuters on Monday of this week.

RMT union members working for Northern Rail Customer Relations were on strike after a 95 percent vote for action.

Their dispute, over regrading, was sparked after a “market forces review” that attacked wage rates.

Striker Andy explained, “We feel it was morally wrong to cut wages by up to £5,000 for workers doing the same job.”

“They thought we were an easy touch but we are determined to resist.”

Workers plan further strikes.

Local “action for rail” protesters, who were leafleting against fare rises, job cuts and privatisation, supported the strikers.

DLR staff show that taking action can get a rise

Staff working for outsourcing firm Interserve on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) in London have won a 75p an hour wage increase.

The rise followed a campaign of industrial action with the threat of more.

Cleaning supervisors and security staff are among those set to receive the rise, backdated to April last year.

The workers are members of the RMT union.

Meanwhile the union has suspended the first two rounds of strikes involving DLR staff, set for Monday and Wednesday of next week.

The move followed progress in talks.

The union has said that strikes set for February and March are still on.

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Tue 5 Jan 2016, 16:54 GMT
Issue No. 2485
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