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Rail workers

Issue No. 1932

MIDLAND MAINLINE train services ground to a halt last Sunday as the company’s own tight-fisted employment policy came back to haunt it.

Two hundred drivers refused to work overtime, which is voluntary on a Sunday, in a dispute over pay.

“The company has been relying on overtime working rather than employing enough drivers,” says one train driver.

“We’ve just exposed how vulnerable they are. It was entirely unofficial, not organised by our union, Aslef.

“Last Sunday we decided we’d had enough. So we held a Christmas party rather than working overtime for the day.”

Drivers on First North Western have also discussed the tactic of collectively refusing overtime.

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Sat 18 Dec 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1932
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