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Network Rail workers vote to strike over pay row

Network Rail workers voted 4-1 to go on strike today after being balloted over what action to take over a pay row with their employers.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said the results of the ballot showed a "deep-seated grievance felt by their staff" over "attacks on their standards of living".

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RMT: Vote to strike shows 'anger' of workers

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union has said the decision by its members to strike after "decisively rejecting" a pay package offered by Network Rail was an indication of the "anger" felt by workers.

Network Rail workers have voted for strike action over pay dispute Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "This is a massive mandate for action and shows the anger of safety-critical staff across the rail network at attacks on their standards of living and their job security.

"It is now down to NR to start taking this issue seriously, to understand the deep-seated grievance felt by their staff and to come forward with a renewed offer which protects pay and jobs."

RMT union members backed walkouts by 4-1, on a turnout of 60%, in a sign of protest against a pay offer of £500 this year followed by rises matching RPI inflation over the next three years.

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