Railway Workers overwhelmingly vote in favor of strike over job disputes, wages and conditions RMT announced by the union.

The result was announced within four hours after the closing of the vote by more than 40,000 railroad workers.

RMT said: “The railroaders voted by an overwhelming majority to strike throughout Network railway and train companies, in the greatest support of the railway’s industrial activities after privatization. “

Of the 71% who had the right to vote, 89% were in favor of the strike, which is 63% of the workforce voted.

RMT members working for Network Rail and 14 of the 15 train operators voted for “strike and non-strike action”.

Staff working for GTR – covering Southern, Thameslink, Gatwick Express and Great Northern – voted only for “action without strike”.

RMT Secretary General Mick Lynch said: “Today’s overwhelming support for the railways is a testament to the union’s approach and sends a clear signal that members want a decent increase in wages, job security and no forced layoffs.

“Our NVK [National Executive Committee] will now meet to discuss the strike schedule from mid-June, but we sincerely hope that ministers will encourage employers to return to the negotiating table and reach a reasonable settlement with the RMT. ”

The union will now demand urgent talks with Network Rail and 15 companies operating trains that have been put to the vote to find a settlement to the pay, job and safety dispute.

Among the train operators whose members voted for the strike West Coast AvantiGreater England, GWR, LNERNorthern and Southwestern Railways.

Transportation for Wales and ScotRail has not been involved, but ScotRail is currently canceling 700 trains a day as a result of a dispute involving a drivers ’union. Aslef.

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/railway-workers-vote-strike-rmt-b2086543.html

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