Maintenance workers employed by Network Rail have voted by 77% for strike action and by 89% for action short of a strike over plans by the company to axe up to 1500 safety-critical jobs and to rip up national agreements on working practices.
The RMT Executive will decide on 19 March what next steps to take, after they have seen the results of a ballot held by the railway clerical workers’ union, TSSA, on the same issue. It is clear that members are determined. The union leaders should be as equally determined.
Activists in the RMT have been concerned that this dispute has been strung out by the union leaders. Recently management have guaranteed no compulsory redundancies before the end of this year. This is a clearly a sop, we need to get on with industrial action.