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Summer Holidays Rail Disruption Threat

10 July 2014

Key rail managers are to hold a strike ballot which could lead to rail disruption in the middle of the school holidays, the TSSA said today.

Nearly 3,000 managers could begin industrial action from August 18 in the event of a yes vote, warned general secretary Manuel Cortes.

He said the ballot, in protest at a 2% pay offer, would go ahead unless NR chief executive Mark Carne agreed to last ditch peace talks next week. A consultative ballot of union members showed a 90% rejection on the offer in favour of a secret strike ballot

"The last thing we want to do is cause disruption during the school holidays," he added. "But our members are angry that while the vast majority of the workforce have been given a 3.1% increase, they are being offered less than the rate of inflation.

"They are being discriminated against when it comes to pay by senior bosses who enjoy large salaries and bonuses."

The ballot will be held between July 28 and August 8 and covers managers and technicians based at the firm's HQ in Milton Keynes and around the country.

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