Rail union to re-ballot members over strike action

Rail
union RMT is to re-ballot more than 750 members at Southern Trains for strike
action over the use of agency staff, and pay and conditions.

Action
scheduled for June 14, 15, 21 and 22 was cancelled by the union when it emerged
that it had been timetabled to begin one minute after the legal deadline set by
the anti-union laws.

The
union is in dispute with Southern Trains over the company’s use of agency
security staff, which the union claims are paid £2,000 less than directly
employed staff.

"Our
members are painfully aware that the use of agency security staff to collect
revenues and penalty fares will inevitably undermine their own jobs," sadi
RMT assistant general secretary Pat Sikorski.

"That
will mean longer hours, less pay, worse conditions and insecurity for our
members – and a worsening service for the travelling public," Sikorski
added.

By Quentin Reade

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