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.
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.