TSSA members in West Midlands Trains (WMT) will strike tomorrow, Friday 4 November, in their deepening dispute over pay, job security and conditions.
The strike action will cover the period from 00:01 to 23:59 on Friday. Members working in a variety of roles including control rooms, ticket office and station staff will not attend work on Friday. WMT covers routes between towns and cities in the West Midlands region including Birmingham, Coventry, Leamington Spa, Telford and Wolverhampton, among others.
TSSA is expecting picket lines at workplaces across the WMT network. Full details to be published on our picket line round up page. Significant disruption is expected with WMT saying “we will be running a significantly reduced timetable tomorrow (Friday) with no service on some routes.”
TSSA Organising Director Nadine Rae said: “Our members in West Midlands Trains are seeing the real value of their wages plummet in this Tory cost of living crisis. This cannot be allowed to continue.
“TSSA members want the same as anyone does right now: job security, a decent day’s pay for a decent day’s work, and reasonable working conditions. We’re ready to negotiate any time, but West Midlands have to be able and willing to negotiate with us, and right now they simply not.
“New Transport Secretary Mark Harper and the Department for Transport need to allow West Midlands Trains to make a reasonable offer on pay and job security – either by coming to the table themselves or allowing WMT to negotiate freely. The string pulling and blocking negotiations that took place under Grant Shapps must stop.”