Union threatens strike ballot if jobs and working conditions come under attack

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The RMT is demanding a guarantee from First Group that there will be no attack on jobs and working conditions in light of their winning bid for the West Coast franchise.

The union has already made it clear that any threat to members’ livelihoods off the back of the transfer from Virgin will be met with an immediate ballot for industrial action.

The union also warned the government that its handling of fare increases and franchise award has added fresh impetus to the campaign for renationalisation of Britain’s railways as the public react to the news that they will be paying more to travel on worse services and all in the name of private profit.

General secretary Bob Crow said: “From rail fares to rail franchising this rotten ConDem government is in total disarray and has turned the running of Britain’s railways into a shambolic, profit-led lottery.

“In the past 24 hours, on fares and the West Coast, ministers have done more to fuel the campaign for renationalising Britain’s railways than RMT could have dreamt of.

“Today we are seeking urgent and cast iron guarantees from First West Coast that all of our members jobs are safe and they should be under no illusions that any attack on the staff will be met with a ballot for industrial action.”

* You can watch a UnionNews film on the rail day of action here.


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