RMT members on Tyne and Wear Metro on strike today over wage cuts

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RMT members are today on strike on Tyne and Wear Metro after contractor DB Regio refused to alter a business model which imposes eternal wage cuts on staff.

They also plan to strike on June 21st, when Bruce Springsteen plays a concert at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, because DB Regio is insisting that under the contract pay will be decided by the Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) rather than the higher figure of the Retail Price Index (RPI).

Despite lengthy negotiations DB Regio only offered 2.1 per cent, far below the rise in the cost of living.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said RMT members cannot be expected to take a hit over pay for the sake of shareholders’ dividends year on year.

He said: “It is outrageous that workers must be expected to accept pay cuts for an economic crisis they did not create.

“Tyne and Wear Metro workers have delivered the strongest possible mandate for action in three separate ballots and all we are seeking is pay justice and an end to poverty pay.

“The union has been forced to take this action and we regret any inconvenience to those attending the rock concert, however, I am sure Bruce Springsteen will understand that workers are defending themselves with the only weapon they have.”

All members are to take 24 hours of strike action by not booking on for any turn of duty commencing between the hours of 00:01 hours and 23:59 hours today, and again on June 21st.

Strike action on Tyne and Wear Metro last autumn during the pension’s dispute led to a 100 per cent shutdown of services.


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