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Rail misery: Staff launch industrial action on day of Nottingham station closure

Friday, July 19, 2013

Nottingham Post

RAIL staff are launching industrial action on the day Nottingham's railway station closes for five weeks.

Station staff and conductors will work to rule for an indefinite period.

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Passengers already braced for disruption now fear chaos on the railway and much longer journey times.

Rail workers union RMT announced yesterday that the action against East Midlands Trains will start in the early hours of tomorrow.



Valid until: Wednesday, July 31 2013

It means 140 staff will not work overtime or rest days, will not perform any duties outside job descriptions, and will only work agreed rostered hours.

The station is shutting until the end of August to allow for signalling work, track laying and refurbishment work.

During that time passengers will have to get replacement buses to other stations.

Passengers at the station yesterday were dismayed by the timing of the planned action.

Paul Garrigan, 35, of Chilwell, who regularly commutes to Lincoln, said: "It will add to the chaos. People are already having to get replacement buses to places like Newark. This increases the chances there won't be enough staff to direct us where to go."

Alan Brown, 38, of Sneinton, said: "It's going to make things difficult for passengers."

A 42-year-old woman from Aspley said: "Why are they doing it now? They must have planned the action as they know there is already going to be disruption. This will make it worse. I hope they'll have a rethink."

The RMT is in dispute with East Midlands Trains over claims that the company is:

Failing to consult over the train station closure.

Trying to impose new terms and conditions on the back of the work.

Not offering assistance to staff having to travel to other stations to work as a result of the closure.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "The industrial relations climate on East Midlands has sunk to a new low with the company attempting to bulldoze through changes off the back of an engineering blockade which has been planned over the long term and is now being dressed up as a bogus emergency to try to justify ignoring procedures and ripping up working agreements."

Dave Thornhill, of the Notts Campaign for Better Transport, said there needed to be clarity for passengers over whether engineering works or industrial action were causing delays.

George Cowcher, chief executive of the Derbyshire and Notts Chamber of Commerce, said: "Passengers and businesses will be affected by the works in Nottingham and we all need to be working towards minimising disruptions, not making things worse.

An East Midlands Trains spokesperson said: "This is a dispute entirely invented by the RMT. There is no substance to its claims. Two-thirds of the employees balloted also do not support the union's planned action.

"Instead of deliberately targeting passengers, the RMT should be supporting the years of planning our staff and other organisations have put into preparing for the Nottingham re-signalling works. In any case, we are confident the union's action will have no impact on our ability to deliver our planned timetable for our customers."

The city council is posting ambassadors at replacement bus stops to help passengers.

Read more: http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/Rail-misery-Staff-launch-industrial-action-day/story-19541396-detail/story.html#ixzz2Zmpbeu8o

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