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East Midlands Trains staff suspend industrial action

Members of the RMT Union had been refusing to work any rest days as part of the industrial action Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Industrial action being taken by members of the RMT Union has been suspended.

East Midlands Trains staff had been refusing to work rest days because of a dispute over a dispute over various issues, including the scheduling of work in Nottingham.

Bosses at the train firm say they have made a new offer to workers, which will now be voted on.

Celebrations for re-opening of Nottingham station

East Midlands Trains (EMT) has announced celebration plans for the final week of the Nottingham re-signalling work and the re-opening of Nottingham station.

East Midlands trains Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The celebrations are based on positive customer feedback from initiatives taking place throughout the work.

EMT volunteers will be handing out free macaroons to customers today. There will also be a 'mascot dance-off'.


Strike at EMT avoided as injunction is granted

The threat of strike action by workers at East Midlands Trains has been avoided, after the company won an appeal over a High Court decision not to grant them an injunction against rail union members.

East Midlands Trains have successfully appealed for an injunction Credit: Martin Keene/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It comes after claims of a breakdown in industrial relations over a number of issues, including the scheduling of work in Nottingham.

An injunction was granted by judges at the Court of Appeal, after East Midlands Trains appealed an original injunction application which was rejected last month.

Train services between Nottingham and Lincoln resume

Services had been suspended because of upgrade work in Nottingham Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

From today, direct trains will be back up and running between Nottingham and Lincoln.

Services have been suspended due to major engineering work, with passengers having to use rail replacement buses instead.

Trains to Lincoln and Skegness will run until the Bank Holiday weekend, with a two day break before the network re-opens as normal on Monday 26th August.


RMT responds to train company's High Court appeal

The Rail Maritime and Transport Union has responded to East Midlands Trains' appeal to the High Court.

The rail company has appealed after losing an injunction application against the union over strike action.

Instead of wasting the court's time and their customers money with another punt on the anti union laws, East Midlands Trains should be sitting down with RMT and resolving this dispute. The issues are clear - treating their staff with fairness, dignity and respect in light of the Nottingham engineering works rather than resorting to bullying, enforcement and the ripping up of agreements and procedures.

Passengers have experienced another weekend of disruption as the industrial action remains rock solid in the teeth of misleading information from the company and EMT would rather have another run to the courts instead of reaching a solution. Any court action will be stoutly defended by RMT yet again.

– Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary

RMT: 'East Midlands Trains have wasted time and money'

It's a shame that East Midlands Trains have wasted time and money dragging RMT into court under the cloak of the anti-union laws when they should have been sitting round the table resolving this dispute which is all about treating RMT members on this franchise with dignity and respect in light of the planned engineering works around Nottingham.

– Bob Crow, leader, National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers
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