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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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Judgment due on East Midlands trains Union row

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

A judgment is expected today following legal action taken by East Midlands Trains against a trade union over a dispute it claimed had been 'invented'.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) banned overtime earlier this month over claims of a breakdown in industrial relations over a number of issues, including the scheduling of work in Nottingham.

The union said the action had led to timetable changes and cancellations over the weekend, but the company maintained they were due to driver shortages.

The case was heard in the High Court yesterday, with judgment reserved until today

Union to fight rail company in court

The Rail Maritime and Transport union says it will fight the legal action brought against it by East Midlands Trains.

The rail company is taking the union to court after members stopped doing overtime.

RMT are determined to defend the union's position on this matter.

Our demands are not unreasonable and we firmly believe that management should sit down and enter into meaningful negotiation with RMT, instead of hiding behind the anti-trade union laws in an attempt to prevent the union from taking industrial action.

– Bob Crow, RMT union leader

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East Midlands Trains: 'Be prepared and check in advance'

Speaking about today's timetable changes during the signalling upgrade work this summer, the Managing Director of East Midlands Trains said:

"Every effort has been made to deliver the best possible service forour passengers during Network Rail's re-signalling works whilstrecognising that some people will face considerable changes to their normal journey.

"We have invested around three years of careful planning to ensure we can keep people on the move throughout the work at Nottingham.

"Our advice for passengers is to be prepared and check in advance of travel at [eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/

nottingham](http://eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/nottingham)."

– David Horne, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains
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