East Midlands Trains faces a week of strike action from Sunday unless an agreement can be reached at last ditch talks tomorrow in a long-running dispute over pay. Unite says more than 80 engineering and maintenance staff will take action from 6am on Su …

East Midland TrainsEast Midlands Trains faces a week of strike action from Sunday unless an agreement can be reached at last ditch talks tomorrow in a long-running dispute over pay.

Unite says more than 80 engineering and maintenance staff will take action from 6am on Sunday until 6am the following Sunday after the company withdrew its 2.75% pay offer following strike action by members in July.

A continuous overtime ban has been place since July 27th.

The union’s members are unhappy that their hard work and efforts to meet the company’s many demands and changes had been awarded with the pay offer being taken off the table.

Talks are set to take place on Friday, with Unite calling on the company to come prepared for constructive negotiations to avoid any disruption to passengers.

Unite regional officer Kevin Hepworth said: “Our members have a right to have their legitimate grievances recognised and we hope that the company will come to the table ready to agree a fair pay deal for its loyal workforce.

“Unite will enter tomorrow’s talks with the aim of settling this long running dispute in the best interests of our members. Many working people can relate to feeling undervalued at work, these members have collectively agreed to take a stand and their union fully supports them.

“We welcome tomorrow’s talks with management and will work hard to secure a fair and equitable pay deal for our members.”


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