TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed today that in two separate ballots for strike action and action short of a strike in disputes over pay on the Tyne and Wear Metro and the victimisation of a cleaner working for Churchills, members have voted massively for action.
The ballots came after extensive talks with the operating company ,DB Regio, failed to produce a realistic offer this year on pay and conditions and after Churchills refused to accept that they have taken unfair disciplinary action against an RMT member.
The votes ranged from seven to one to more than ten to one in favour of action, reflecting the anger and determination amongst the Metro staff.
Strike action on Tyne and Wear Metro last autumn during the pension’s dispute led to a 100% shutdown of services.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“RMT cleaners have shown that they will not put up with victimisation and bullying and the DB Regio members have given a resounding no to attacks on pay and conditions.
“In the face of this insulting 1.3% offer from the company we have had no option but to ballot for action in defence of our members’ standard of living. It wasn’t transport workers who created this economic crisis and we will not sit back and wait for our members to take the hit in their pockets.
“All we are seeking is pay justice on Tyne and Wear Metro and an end to bullying and harassment of the cleaners working for Churchills. Both of these resounding mandates for action will now be considered by the RMT executive.”