Train company ballot delayed

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RESULTS of a ballot for strike action involving 700 staff at East Midlands Trains have been delayed.

Members of the RMT union, which represents guards and crew, have voted on whether to take strike action in protest at plans by the Sheffield to London rail firm to cut contributions to the company pension scheme.

A spokesman for the RMT said: “The result was due yesterday, but we are now expecting an announcement later today instead.”

Drivers’ union ASLEF has already held six days of strikes at East Midlands Trains.

The Stagecoach-owned rail firm said the unions’ actions were ‘unnecessary’, because its plans would not affect the value of pensions.

The company said it was acting on independent recommendations.