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Settle line strike 'unnecessary'

The Settle to Carlisle railway line is known as one of the most scenic in the UK. Credit: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The general manager of the company that runs the historic Settle to Carlisle railway line has called a strike by staff, scheduled for this Saturday, "unnecessary".

Staff employed by the Settle and Carlisle Railway Development Company, who provide at-seat catering, will take action on Saturday 13 December.

The row is about compulsory redundancies, which the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers calls a "kick in the teeth":

“The last thing we expected on the historic Settle/Carlisle rail line was a compulsory redundancy situation - it seems the company's actions are at odds with their stated objectives leading them into a regrettable and wholly avoidable dispute with Britain's biggest rail union.

This is a kick in the teeth for loyal and hard-working staff who have fought to save and develop this well-loved service."

– RMT General Secretary Mick Cash

But the Settle and Carlisle Railway Development Company insists it was necessary to offer a member of staff a voluntary redundancy package, which that staff member then turned down:

"We regret the unnecessary strike action and hope it does not undermine the future of the service.

We had offered a generous voluntary redundancy package and another job, but sadly these were turned down."

– Drew Haley, General Manager

Workington RMT members to protest proposed job cuts

Members of the Workington branch of the RMT Transport Union are to protest against rail cuts.

They will be handing out postcards to passengers during their protest.

It's due to take place outside Workington Railway Station tomorrow, 23 April, between 5:30pm and 6:30pm.

It is part of a nationwide campaign by Action for Rail against a government report which is proposing cuts to front line station and ticket office staff.