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Strike ballot by rail workers imminent

The timetable for a strike ballot among Network Rail workers over pay has been announced, with the result due within weeks.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union served notice today that its members will start voting next week.

The outcome will be known a few days after the General Election, with the union having to give a week's notice of any industrial action.

Union members have voted by 9-1 against a four-year offer of £500 followed by three years of rises in line with RPI inflation.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "Our members have already decisively rejected the initial pay package offered by Network Rail.

"Despite intensive talks, we have not been able to secure enough significant movement and that puts us into dispute and triggers the start of a national industrial action ballot."

The union has around 16,000 members involved in the dispute.

NR says the offer is fair and will see workers enjoy continued decent wages.

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