RMT members at Tyne and Wear Metro refuse eternal pay cuts

TRANSPORT UNION RMT today confirmed that industrial action on Tyne and Wear Metro will go ahead tomorrow after contractor DB Regio refused to alter a business model which imposes eternal wage cuts on staff.

The company is insisting that under the contract, pay will be decided by the Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) rather than the higher figure of the Retail Price Index (RPI).

Despite lengthy negotiations, DB Regio only offered 2.1 per cent, far below the rise in the cost of living.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said that RMT members cannot be expected to take a hit over pay for the sake of shareholders’ dividends year on year.

“It is outrageous that workers must be expected to accept pay cuts for an economic crisis they did not create.

“Tyne and Wear Metro workers have delivered the strongest possible mandate for action in three separate ballots and all we are seeking is pay justice and an end to poverty pay.

“The union has been forced to take this action and we regret any inconvenience to those attending the rock concert, however, I am sure Bruce Springsteen will understand that workers are defending themselves with the only weapon they have,” he said.

All members are to take 24 hours of strike action by not booking on for any turn of duty commencing between the hours of 00:01 hours and 23:59 hours on Thursday June 7 2012.

All members are to take 24 hours of strike action by not booking on for any turn of duty commencing between the hours of 00:01 hours and 23:59 hours on Thursday June 21 2012.

Strike action on Tyne and Wear Metro last autumn during the pension’s dispute led to a 100 per cent shutdown of services.