RMT members on Hull Trains vote overwhelmingly for strike action after company refuses to reinstate worker

Hull TrainsRMT members on Hull Trains have voted by more than nine to one for both strike action and action short of a strike after, they claim, a colleague was forced out of her job after challenging a manager.

The company says her post is being made redundant, but the union says she is being punished for challenging a manager caught verbally accusing another member of staff.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “The union’s executive committee has considered this matter and deems Hull Trains’ failure to abide by the collective bargaining procedures as unacceptable. This union will not tolerate any member being removed from employment by underhand means. The company are riding roughshod over their own procedures and this has to be opposed in the strongest possible terms.

RMT has given Hull Trains plenty of time and opportunity to reinstate our member but they have chosen instead to adopt a cavalier and confrontational attitude. As a result of that hard-headed approach we have balloted for both strike action and action short of a strike. Our members have registered their anger in an overwhelming vote for action which will now be considered by the unions executive.

RMT remains available for talks.”

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