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EMT faces Aslef and RMT industrial action

Unions are threatening industrial action against EMT.

18 May 2012

East Midlands Trains (EMT) might be becoming versed in strike negotiation techniques, as railway union RMT has announced it is balloting its members in relation to industrial action.

The ballot, which closes on May 30th, relates to a dispute over a reduction to the Joint Contribution Rate for EMT's Railway Pensions Scheme section.

RMT claimed it has objected to these alterations and stated it has made it clear to business leaders that this should not occur during the volatile economic climate.

Bob Crow, general secretary of the union, said: "It is our opinion that management's refusal to withdraw this proposal is irresponsible and only suits to line the pockets of shareholders."

He revealed the RMT estimates the employer will save around £750,000 every year due this reduction in contributions, although members of the union will also receive a small monetary gain.

Train driver's union Aslef has also recently warned EMT about potential strikes due to pension scheme changes.

Posted by Edel Quinn

Source: RMT press release, May 15th

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