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Strike negotiations may be required in Northern Rail row

A row between Northern Rail and RMT might require strike negotiations.

21 December 2010

Strike negotiation techniques might be needed by management at Northern Rail to resolve a dispute about bank holiday pay.

The Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has announced around 1,000 members would take part on December 27th and 28th after voting for industrial action.

A row erupted as RMT asked for conductors to receive double pay for working on the bank holidays.

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, said: "The spirit of old Scrooge is alive and well on Northern Rail and our conductor members have shown in this ballot that they will not be treated as second-class citizens this Christmas."

Ian Bevan, managing director of Northern Rail, stated their priority was to ensure its passengers have all the information they need to make an informed decision about their travel plans on the affected dates.

This comes after London Underground were faced with the prospect of workers walking out on Boxing Day as a result of a disagreement about how much they will be paid for the bank holiday. 

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