RMT’s Bob Crow says members will not accept an “outrageous attempt to consign them to poverty in their old age.”

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Rail workers on the Tyne and Wear Metro, which operates out of Newcastle, have voted to strike in a dispute with the rail operators and owners over pensions.

More than 80% of RMT members working for the metro operators DB Regio and the rail owner Nexus voted for strike action with an even larger majority for action short of a strike.

Details of any action will be confirmed by the RMT Executive later.

In a statement, RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “Top bosses pay has gone through the roof, opening up a gap between rich and poor not seen since Victorian times while the men and women who provide essential public services are expected to stand back and watch the pensions that they have built up down the years take a battering.

“We have also learnt that Tory minister Francis Maude, who is behind the attack on our members pensions, is in line for a personal pension pot of £731,000 and an annual income of £43,000 when he hangs up his axe – all funded by the taxpayer. The hypocrisy of this Government, who are looking to hammer nurses, teachers and transport workers while they fill their boots at our expense, is breathtaking.

“Our members on Tyne and Wear Metro and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary have shown that they are not going to sit back and take this outrageous attempt to consign them to a life of poverty in their old age.”


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