RMT members angry at Network Rail riding roughshod over staff rosters

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Signallers in the Stirling area have voted 100% for strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over rosters.

The mandate for action will now be considered by the RMT Executive.

RMT has for some time been trying to negotiate 12 hour rosters for signallers in the Stirling area. The company initially declined the union’s request claiming that there was no desire to introduce 12 hour shifts amongst the workforce however this was not the feedback RMT had been getting from the members.

In order to prove that the company claims were false, RMT conducted a referendum which resulted in an overwhelming 15 to 1 vote in favour of our proposal. Now that the company cannot argue a lack of support for the union proposals they have started using bogus claims of additional cost as an argument.

Having considered the failure to reach a solution the RMT Executive Committee called a dispute and balloted all affected members for strike action and industrial action short of a strike and today the union announces a 100% vote in favour.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “RMT will not allow Network Rail to ride roughshod over the clear democratic will of our members so we urged staff to vote strongly in favour of industrial action in this ballot and they have done just that and have armed our negotiators with a rock solid mandate to take back to the company

“Although management have so far refused to budge they cannot ignore the strength of feeling demonstrated in this vote and we hope that progress can now be made in resolving this matter.”


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