Union to ballot staff over industrial action

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Staff at East Midlands Trains will be balloted by the RMT union over whether or not to take industrial action.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers said there had been a ‘comprehensive breakdown’ with East Midlands and that the company was refusing to enter meaningful talks. The RMT said the ballot of all members for industrial action short of a strike will close on Thursday, July 11.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “The industrial relations climate at East Midlands has sunk to a new low with the company attempting to bulldoze through changes off the back of an engineering blockade which has been planned over the long term and is now being dressed up as a bogus emergency to try to justify ignoring procedures and ripping up working agreements.

“There is also a culture of bullying, harassment and victimisation that RMT will not allow to continue.

“The union remains available for talks aimed at securing agreement but the company should be in no doubt as to the level of anger that its actions have generated.”