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Industrial Action Looms at DB Cargo

6 November 2018

TSSA members at major rail freight company - DB Cargo - have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action and industrial action short of a strike over pay and conditions.

The union, which represents controllers at the company, has called on management at DB Cargo to “come to their senses” and avoid a crippling strike which would result in freight trains being unable to move.

The ballot among key control staff was held after reps walked out of negotiations in September when the company failed to make a decent offer on pay and improvements to terms and conditions.

This had followed moves by DB Cargo to arbitrarily make above inflation pay rises to some staff but not others.

Commenting, TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, said “DB Cargo’s lack of fairness towards our members has forced this escalation to industrial action.

“It’s not too late for the company to make an improved pay offer which meets our aspirations and we urge them to come to their senses as we will now meet with reps in coming days to discuss next steps.

“Let’s not forget that without our members freight will be at a standstill across the country.

“These members have gone without a pay rise for three years in a bid to help the company as it struggled to make ‘market adjustments’.

Their loyalty and patience should at the very least be rewarded with a decent pay increase.”

DB Cargo is the freight wing of Deutsche Bahn, the German state-owned rail company. It was formerly English, Welsh and Scottish Railways (EWS).

 

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