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RMT seeks strike negations with First Transpennine

The union is looking to negotiate a better deal for staff.

17 August 2011

RMT union members working for First Transpennine have voted for strike action.

The reason behind the discontent of the workers is a proposed 2.2 per cent pay increase - so union bargaining may be required to prevent industrial action.

Two separate ballots were carried out and both found a willingness to take to the picket line over the issue.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow noted that employees "expect a company that makes substantial profits out of their efforts to offer more than a real-terms pay cut".

He added First Transpennine is aware that the RMT - which has over 80,000 members - is willing to start strike negotiations in an effort to avoid protests and urged the former to "get back around the table with us".

Failure to hold serious discussions about improved financial terms could lead to severe disruptions for customers, as delays and cancellations may be a possibility.

Posted by Ron Maverick

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