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Network Rail facing strike negotiations?

The group could be set for industrial action after it emerged women are being paid less than men in the company.

21 July 2011

Strike negotiations could be required to settle a dispute between the Network Rail staff and the employer.

The issue is centred over the fact female workers are receiving up to £4,000 less every year than their male counterparts, despite being on the same pay grade.

It has been warned by the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) that industrial action could lead to severe disruptions to services.

TSSA General Secretary Gerry Doherty said: "It is almost unbelievable that we are in this dispute more than 30 years after the passing of the Equal Pay Act."

He added it is not fair that women are being treated as "second-class citizens" by a "publically-funded company".

London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds are just some of the transport hubs that could see services cut should union bargaining fail to find a resolution.

TSSA members are currently pursuing industrial action at Amey over attempts to ban overtime and on-call payments.

Posted by Ken Hayes

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