RMT calls stoppage and overtime ban in support of sacked First Great Western member

Rail union RMT announced today that members at First Great Westerns Long Rock Maintenance Depot in Penzance will be taking strike action and action short of a strike in support of their colleague Kane Jones following his unfair dismissal.

Following a massive ballot result in favour of supporting Kane Jones RMT members have been instructed to take strike action by ceasing to work and leaving the site between 05:00 and 06:00 on Wednesday 24th November 2010.

RMT members have also been instructed not to work any kind of overtime between 00:01 hours on Wednesday 24th November 2010 until 23:59 hours on Wednesday 1st December 2010.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:

In spite of the overwhelming show of opposition which has been demonstrated by RMT members at Long Rock Maintenance Depot, Kane Jones remains dismissed for what are wholly unfair reasons. In the face of management’s intransigence the RMT executive has decided that the union needs to escalate this dispute to achieve justice for Brother Kane Jones.

RMT has informed First Great Western that we remain available for talks and we hope that management will now see sense and take the necessary steps to resolve this dispute. RMT is demanding the immediate reinstatement of Brother Kane Jones and in order to achieve this goal we have had no option but to announce industrial action and we know that our members, who voted almost unanimously for action, will continue to show total solidarity with their sacked colleague.”

Publication Date: November 18 2010

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