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Rail engineers vote for strike action on East Coast mainline

29 February 2016

Maintenance and safety engineers on East Coast mainline have voted overwhelming for strike action in a dispute with their Network Rail (NR) employer over back payments.

Network Rail (NR) have been failing to honour annual incremental grade payments - for up to 10 years - yet bosses have repeatedly refused to negotiate with TSSA representatives to settle the dispute.

NR have been withholding annual incremental payments to around 80 maintenance engineers which should be paid in return for their compliance with continuous training programmes designed to maximise rail safety.

Maintenance and safety engineers on East Coast mainline have voted overwhelming for strike action in a dispute with their Network Rail (NR) employer over back payments. The results of the ballot show 80pc vote in favour of industrial action, including strike action, if the dispute cannot be settled.

"We're talking here about a small dedicated team of highly-skilled graduates who have willingly complied with every safety training course regulation to which they are professionally bound. They don't want to walk off the job, they just want to be paid their due," said TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes.

"The money owed to these staff year on year really stacks up - one of our members is owed a total of £60k dating back over 10 years - so of course they want their hands on it. Frankly they've shown the patience of saints with NR's sinful breach of agreement to reward continuous advanced training.

"But this ballot shows very clearly that their patience is at an end. Unless NR now agree to enter immediate talks with TSSA reps to resolve this issue collectively, then NR will force our members to take strike action on East Coast Mainline and services will sadly be affected."
 

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