ATN conductors set dates for strikes over pay

Arriva
Trains Northern (ATN) conductors will go on seven one-day strikes over the
company’s annual pay offer.

The
RMT trade union today announced that its conductor members voted two-to-one in
favour of industrial action.

The
union claims that the company will not backdate the 4 per cent pay offer to
last April, meaning the offer is worth less the longer the dispute lasts.

The
company has offered a £250 payment to all conductors on top of the pay offer,
claim the union.

“Our
members have spoken very clearly,” said RMT general secretary Bob Crow. “After
a year of strike action, they have again decisively rejected an insulting offer
which is worth less with every passing day.

“Our
action will now move up a gear if ATN fails to see sense and gets around the
table with us to thrash out a reasonable deal.

“I
am proud that our members have stood firm, despite an appalling level of
intimidation and bullying. They are fed up with the company’s lies and
disinformation and are determined to win a just pay settlement."

The
industrial action will take place on 26 and 28 February, and 3, 5, 7,10 and 12
March.

Union
members are set to lobby Parliament on 12 March.

By Paul Nelson

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