strike ballot of 7,000 RMT signalling, maintenance and station staff at Network
Rail could see the first national rail stoppage for a decade.
ballot has been called over pensions, pay and travel facilities. RMT general
secretary Bob Crow said the company had closed a "decent pension scheme
and imposed glorified savings plan on our members, has refused to negotiate on
travel facilities and has tabled the worst pay offer in the industry this
is a company which on one hand boasts of spending £14m a day, yet on the other
says it cannot afford to maintain a decent pension scheme or end the divisive
inequality in travel facilities," Crow said.
Rail’s shortsighted stance means a two-tier workforce with staff doing the same
job getting different conditions and vastly different pensions," he added.
Rail last week said three good pay deals had been offered.