Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Union to move towards balloting signallers throughout Britain

RMT SIGNALLERS working for Network Rail in Scotland have demonstrated their anger over the company's failure to implement their 35-hour week agreement with a "rock-solid" strike, RMT said today.

As more than 400 signallers and supervisory staff stopped work at noon today at the start of a 48-hour strike, the union warned Network Rail that the union's executive would next week put in place plans for a ballot of signallers across Britain

"Reports from RMT organisers and reps across Scotland tell us that our members' strike is absolutely rock-solid," RMT general secretary Bob Crow said today.

"Network Rail should understand that our members are determined to achieve the 35-hour week we agreed to last July, and it is the company that holds a very simple solution in its hands.

"The few trains that have run in Scotland today have done so with the help of inadequatetly trained managers, some of whom have been shipped in from as far afield as Lincolnshire and Kent and put in charge of signal boxes with just a few hours' training

"Rather than risking lives by putting scab managers in charge of signal boxes the company should be concentrating its efforts on implementing the agreement we reached with them eight months ago.

"Network Rail now has the choice of engaging constructively with us to resolve this dispute or facing a ballot of our signalling members throughout Britain," Bob Crow said.


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