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Strike: RMT says there's 'no option'

Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Heaton in Newcastle are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday. The claim is that management has left 'no option' other than to strike.

“Despite a rock solid 48 hour strike in February, and total support for the overtime ban, management refuse to take our members concerns seriously and have left us with no option other than to ratchet up the action with a week-long strike starting this Thursday.“This dispute has been forced on us by the management’s continuing and stubborn refusal to take the real nature of these jobs into account through the re-grading process and it is now down to them to rectify the situation. RMT remains available for talks.”

– RMT Acting General Secretary Mick Cash

Northern Rail maintenance staff announce week long strike

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

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.

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Police seek witnesses after supermarket robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at a Tesco Express.
Scene of robbery in Heaton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Heaton.

Officers were alerted early on Monday, December 2.

Two men had entered the Tesco Express store on Chillingham Road, Heaton and threatened a security guard.

Police say the guard was hit with what is believed to be a crowbar which injured his arm.

He was taken to hospital but is not believed to be seriously injured.

The two suspects drove in a green car towards Shields Road.

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Police appeal for anonymous witness to come forward

Police are appealing for witnesses after a burglary in Newcastle. Officers received an anonymous call from a man who said a burglary was taking place at Thropton Terrace, Heaton.

The call was made from a phone box on Newton Road, Heaton on May 1, the man appeared to know about the homeowner's whereabouts.

The victim returned home late that evening to find his laptop, computer and games console stolen.Police want to speak to the anonymous witness again. The witness or anyone else with information can call 101 ext 69191.

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