Rail workers vote to strike

Railway
workers have voted to strike in a dispute over pay and pensions, threatening
travel chaos across the country.

Members
of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union heavily backed a campaign of
industrial action against Network Rail. Around 7,000 signal workers and
maintenance staff are now set to be involved in the worst industrial unrest on
the railways for a decade.

The
RMT has warned it might co-ordinate strike action on the mainline railway with
London Underground, where union members are involved in a separate pay dispute.

RMT
general secretary Bob Crow announced the ballot result at the union’s London
head office and launched a fresh attack on a decision by Network Rail to change
its pension scheme for new entrants.

By Mike Berry

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