Rail firm faces strike ballot in row about agency staff

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Staff at South Yorkshire’s main local train operator are being balloted for strike action in a dispute over the use of agency and sub-contracted workers.

The RMT union is conducting the ballot at Northern Rail – accusing the company of ‘breaching agreements and working practices’.

Union general secretary Bob Crow said: “There is a cynical drive to use casual, agency staff to undermine job security, pay and working conditions on Northern Rail and our members are furious that not only have the company refused to stop this practice but they are driving it forwards.

“RMT has made it crystal clear that casualisation and a breach of our agreements are an outright attack on all of us and will not be accepted in any way, shape or form.”