UK railway staff have started 24 hours of strike action over the introduction of mobile ticketing machines and the threat the new technology allegedly represents to jobs.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union who work for One, the rail company that offers rail services to East Anglia from Liverpool Street station in London, are worried that mobile ticketing technology will result in redundancies.
In return for the introduction of mobile ticketing, the workers would like the company to deliver a one-off technology payment and set payments while the new system settles in. They have rejected an offer of a 1% increase in commission.
The RMT said conductors, ticket inspectors and revenue protection members are due to go on strike on 17 June and 15 July if the disagreement is not resolved before then.