An­gry Vir­gin rail work­ers vote to strike

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IN­DUS­TRIAL re­la­tions on the rail­ways have wors­ened af­ter work­ers on Vir­gin East Coast voted to strike in a dis­pute over jobs, con­di­tions and safety.

Mem­bers of the Rail, Mar­itime and Trans­port union (RMT) sup­ported walk­outs by 84 per cent, with nine out of 10 backed other ac­tion.

The union, which is em­broiled in a bit­ter row at South­ern Rail­way over the role of con­duc­tors, said its ex­ec­u­tive will con­sider the vote, while Vir­gin said it will run a full timetable in any strike.

The two sides are in dis­pute over staffing changes, which the com­pany says would have no im­pact on safety and no com­pul­sory job losses.

Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Mick Cash ( above) said: “RMT will not sit back while nearly 200 mem­bers’ jobs are un­der threat and also con­di­tions and safety are put at risk.”

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