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Strike Could be Scheduled for Northern Rail Passengers

Strike Could be Scheduled for Northern Rail Passengers

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:01am 7th December 2010. (Updated at 8:19am 7th December 2010)

STATEMENT FROM NORTHERN RAIL:

The RMT is balloting Northern conductors for strike action over Bank Holiday terms and conditions, even though those terms and conditions were agreed by the union and have been in place for several years.

For conductors, Bank or Public Holidays have been classed as normal working days since they were “traded” for other benefits, including increased salaries and more annual leave, in restructuring agreements several years ago. 

Now the RMT has demanded a new, additional payment for all conductors who work on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 December.

Adrian Thompson, HR Director for Northern, said: “We have explained to the RMT that we will honour our agreed terms and conditions but will not make any payments over and above those long-standing agreements.

“We do not think it is reasonable for the RMT to demand a new additional payment for these Bank Holidays.

“This is because the previous additional payments for Bank Holidays were traded for other benefits when the restructuring agreements were implemented.

“The RMT is picking and choosing which bits of the agreement it wants to stick to and then calling for strike action when Northern is simply keeping to the joint agreement.”

Northern has 4,800 employees across the north of England and recognises four trades unions, with whom it works to agree terms and conditions of employment for employees such as train drivers, conductors, station teams and engineers.

The RMT will issue ballot papers tomorrow, Tuesday 7 December, and the result is due on 20 December. If there is a vote for strike action then the earliest that a strike could take place would be Monday 27 December.

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