Rail workers vote to strike

Guards on London Overground have voted for strike action in a row over jobs. Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union backed walkouts by 9-1 as part of a campaign against cuts.

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Fewer than half of conductors voted

Peter Austin, managing director for London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL), said:

"We are disappointed by the result of the ballot, but would highlight that fewer than half of our 124 conductors voted, and only 43% of those voted in favour of industrial action.

"We believe industrial action is unnecessary. LOROL continues to give the RMT assurances on employing conductors in alternative customer service roles and offering a generous voluntary redundancy package to those who want it.

"We urge the RMT to work with us to maintain progress in safeguarding jobs and avoid disruption to passengers."

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