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RMT to use strike negotiations?

The rail company is balloting members over the First Group's pay offer.

27 July 2011

Rail union RMT is to ballot its members about whether to pursue industrial action against First Transpennine Express.

The source of the problem is a dispute over pay and strike negotiations may be required to avoid people taking to the picket line.

With the company unwilling to offer more than a 2.2 per cent pay rise - and union bargaining so far unable to find to a resolution - there is a very good chance that demonstrations will be held.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "First Group is generating massive profits and dividends for its shareholders off the hard work of its staff."

He added because the offer on the table is "simply unacceptable" his group has no choice but to ballot members about what course of action they want to pursue next.

Mr Crow recently called for tighter regulations of company directors to ensure workers are better protected in the future if a company goes bust.

Posted by Edel Quinn

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