East Midlands trains dispute

Submitted by AWL on 2 August, 2013 - 2:57

The 2 to 1 result in the ballot for action short of strike on East Midland Trains by on-train and platform staff is a welcome reversal of previous failures to respond to management attacks.

The dispute is due to a breakdown in industrial relations which covers several issues. One of these was rostering during the shutdown of Nottingham station for 5 weeks worth of long time planned engineering work.

A few days before the start of the work bosses tried to impose an emergency roster on a lot of staff claiming it was part of their T&Cs. It isn't: but maintaining that position is a desparate attempt to cover up EMT's woeful negligence in not making any seriouos effort to come to a similar arrangement with these staff like they did with train drivers (who are now working normally) months before. Going on past history management must have thought they could ignore everybody else. Imagine their suprise when they heard the ballot result!

From 20 July, staff are refusing to work rest days and overtime and are working to rule which has caused numerous train delays and cancellations.

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