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TSSA Defends Industrial Action at DB Cargo

20 November 2018

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes has said the union will vigorously defend the right to take industrial action after major rail freight firm DB Cargo threatened to go to court in relation to an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions. 

DB Cargo have been formally notified that TSSA Control Members are set to begin industrial action short of a strike on Tuesday 27th November.

The planned Industrial Action short of a strike will include no rest day working, no cross cover of work, no driver resourcing and work to agreed roster only. This action will be continuous, all day, every day.

Commenting, Cortes said: “It’s incredible that a company owned by the German government think they have the right to tell British workers they can’t stick up to themselves.

"Our members have the right to take this industrial action and have acted in accordance with the law.

“Our members are strong and determined to make a real change in their pay and conditions. These members, in a bid to help the company, have gone without a pay rise for three years. They have been loyal and patient.

“So let me be clear – we will vigorously defend our position and DB Cargo would be better served by getting back to the negotiating table to resolve this dispute and make sure trains do not grind to a halt.”

The ballot among key Control Staff was held after union members walked out of negotiations in September when the company failed to make a reasonable offer on pay and improvements to members’ terms and conditions.

Should the dispute remain in place 24 hour strike action will begin on 4th January 2019 and be repeated every Friday and Saturday thereafter.

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