Strike action by unions set to hit Harlow rail commuters

MEMBERS of the RMT rail union on Greater Anglia’s West Anglia route, which serves Harlow, have voted overwhelmingly for both strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over procedures.

The union has accused the train operator of attempting to remove the posts of station cleaners and enforce flexible working arrangements on remaining staff.

“Greater Anglia has been endeavouring to scrap cleaners on the West Anglia stations and have been attempting to rush through these proposals, consequently bypassing procedures agreed with the unionm” said an RMT spokesman. “As a result of their actions they have forced RMT into a dispute situation and the union’s executive committee agreed to conduct a ballot of all platform and station members on the West Anglia route for strike action and industrial action short of a strike.”

The results of the ballot showed a vote of around nine to one in favour of both strike action and action short of a strike. It will now be considered by the RMT executive.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “We will not tolerate a situation where Greater Anglia choose to ignore and abuse agreed procedures in an effort to bulldoze through changes that have serious implications for our members and, potentially, the quality of service offered to the travelling public.

“Greater Anglia have been informed that RMT remains available for talks and we hope that management will see sense and take the necessary steps to resolve this dispute.

“RMT members have now recorded a massive ‘yes’ vote for industrial action in this ballot, sending out the clearest possible message to the company that we will not tolerate them riding roughshod over their own procedures in an attempt to impose flexible working.

“The company can now see the level of anger that their plans have generated and while the result is being considered by the union’s executive it is down to the management to come forward with serious proposals to resolve the dispute.”

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