27 February 2008

Possible Signaller's Dispute looming

Signal workers in Lincoln are to be balloted by the RMT Union over industrial action related to grievances with Network Rail's handling of displaced staff.

According to the RMT Union, more than 400 signallers and signalling supervisors will be balloted in the Great Northern area. The union also expected to follow this with a ballot of all such employees in the north-east area after what it calls a "similar case" was found to be taking place in York.

"Network Rail has so far refused to settle this around the table and that leaves us with no alternative but to put in place ballots of our members in the Great Northern and north-east areas with recommendations that our members vote for action to defend their colleagues and their agreements," said Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT Union.

The dispute concerns the Promotion, Transfer Redundancy and Resettlement agreement and a colleague of signallers in Lincoln with 33 years of experience who was allegedly given no suitable options other than redundancy, the union claims. We understand that Network Rail offered the man in question a different job and that he is not being made redundant.