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Action on the cards

The RMT has confirmed that 77% of its members within Network Rail's maintenance division have voted for strike action over the company's plans to axe more than 1,400 jobs. 89% sanctioned action short of a strike.

The union's executive will discuss the next steps in the dispute at a meeting on Friday 19th March, in light of what it calls "the massive mandate for action that has been delivered by the members". It will also consider the result of a ballot amongst 2,000 members of the TSSA union which is due to be announced tomorrow (12th March).

...massive mandate for action that has been delivered by the members.

The RMT has issued a call for Network Rail chairman Rick Haythornthwaite to reopen talks on the planned cuts.

General Secretary Bob Crow said "members were faced with a stark choice in this ballot. They could either sit back and wait for these cash-led maintenance cuts to lead to another major disaster on Britain’s railways or they could vote to take action to stop the attack on rail safety. They have overwhelmingly voted to take action."

Story added 11th March 2010

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