Network Rail workers have decided that a UK-wide strike is needed because of a row over pay, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union stated.
Its members voted 4-1 in favor of action because they rejected pay offers from Network Rail, who owns and maintains most of Britain’s railway infrastructure. Union bosses also rejected an offer, which was a one-off payment of £500 to staff and three years of rises in line with inflation.
The union rejected another deal that Network Rail proposed, which included a no compulsory redundancy commitment extended to the end of 2016. The ballot had a turnout of 60%.
The RMT has around 16,000 members working across Network Rail’s operations and maintenance. The total workforce for the train company is 35,000. The Transport Salaries Staffs Association is balloting its members and the result is due over the next week.
Any union who wishes to take industrial action has to give seven days notice. The new Business Secretary Sajid Javid said that the government is pressing to introduce new laws to stop strikes going ahead unless they have support of 40% of workers who are eligible to vote.
At least 50% of those who are entitled will have to have voted for a strike to go ahead.
Business in Hastings will keep you updated as to when the strikes will take place.