South West Trains strike will go ahead as planned

Strikes
on South West Trains are set to go ahead next week as there have been no talks
to avert industrial action.

RMT
union members will strike on 28-29 January over pay and an alleged breach of
the disciplinary procedure. More strikes are planned next month.

Both
parties individually met Acas earlier in January but were unable to reach an
agreement.

SWT
is not prepared to negotiate its April 2001 pay increase of 7.6 per cent but is
prepared to go to legally binding arbitration over the union’s October 2002 pay
claim.  

The
RMT is also to ballot workers at Silverlink trains, which runs services from
London to the Midlands, and the Docklands Light Railway in London.

The
DLR voting will be co-ordinated with a ballot of London Underground train
drivers who are involved in a separate pay dispute.

Train
drivers on ScotRail are also to vote on 24-hour stoppages as part of a campaign
to win parity with drivers in other regions, Aslef announced.

By Paul Nelson

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