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Northern Rail maintenance staff announce week long strike

Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Neville Hill in Leeds are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday.

Maintenance workers set for week long strike
Maintenance workers set for week long strike

It is the latest step in a continuing dispute over overtime and the grading of roles which staff say do not recognised the "complex and demanding role of this key group of staff".

There was a 48 hour strike in February but, according to RMT the issues remain unresolved and staff will now strike between Thursday April 10 and Wednesday April 16.

Victory for sacked Jarvis rail workers

The rail union RMT has secured a key milestone victory in the fight for justice for sacked Jarvis rail workers with the Employment Tribunal finding that there was a transfer of part of the Jarvis renewals work on the London North East work to Babcock Rail under a contract with Network Rail.

When Jarvis went into administration 1100 employees, including over 400 RMT members., were sacked. The tribunal hearing in Leeds had been deciding on whether or not there was a transfer of that part of Jarvis Rail Ltd dealing with the LNE contract renewals work for Network Rail.

The Employment Tribunal has today found in RMT’s favour and there will now be further discussions and hearings as the union and its lawyers pursue a fair and just settlement for the sacked Jarvis workers.

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Bradford rail accident highlights problem

There are calls for more protection to prevent death and injury by rail runaways. It follows another potentially fatal incident last month.

A road-rail dumper truck ran free for a quarter of mile before it hit buffers at Bradford Interchange.

An investigation is taking place by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

This latest case echoes the one of Tebay in 2004, where four workers were killed by a runaway trolley.

The biggest rail union, the RMT, now wants more to be done.

Eight years after four of our members were killed at Tebay the relentless stream of runaways has still not stopped, and it is time that the secondary protection we are seeking was put in place.

“The Bradford incident took place the day after our latest round of talks and it underlines that this remains a serious problem and that it is deeds, not words, that will prevent further unnecessary loss of life.

– Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary

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