More than 500 conductors on Central Trains are to stage three 24-hour strikes on successive Sundays in a dispute about compensation for bank holidays worked over Christmas.
The RMT said the dispute centres on the company’s failure to compensate members who worked on bank holidays because last Christmas fell on a Saturday.
The company has been given notice of 24-hour stoppages on 20 and 27 March and 3 April.
“Our reps raised this as a problem more than six months before Christmas and the company simply ignored them,” RMT general secretary Bob Crow said.
“In good faith our members worked on the days designated as bank holidays over Christmas and they now expect to be paid or given appropriate time off.”