RAIL UNION RMT announced today that staff working for Thales have voted by a massive majority, more than 95%, for strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.
The dispute is over an attempt by the company to impose a1% pay uplift from January this year on technicians and clerical staff, leaving RMT members with a de-facto pay cut and a reduction on their standard of living.
Thales is a contractor providing signalling technology to Network Rail.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“Our members at Thales have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a clear message to the company that they will not tolerate an assault on their standards of living.
“This massive French outfit generates revenues of over £10 billion and profits pushing on towards half a billion. With the boardroom awash with cash there is no excuse for imposing a de-facto pay cut on our members.
“This ballot result will now be considered by the RMT Executive and we remain available for meaningful talks with the company.”