East Midlands Trains faces a week of strike action, starting on Sunday 28 September, by its engineering and maintenance staff unless an agreement can be reached at last ditch talks on Friday (26 September) in a long running dispute over pay.
Unite, the UK’s biggest union, has today (Wednesday 24 September) announced that more than 80 engineering and maintenance staff at East Midlands Trains will strike from 06:00 on Sunday 28 September, ending at 05:59 on Saturday 4 October after the company withdrew its 2.75 per cent pay offer following strike action by members in July.
A continuous overtime ban has been place since Sunday 27 July 2014.
The union’s members are unhappy that their hard work and efforts to meet the company’s many demands and changes have been rewarded with the pay offer being taken off the table.
Talks are set to take place on Friday 26 September between the union and East Midlands Trains. Unite is calling on the company to come prepared for constructive negotiations to avoid any disruption to passengers.
Kevin Hepworth Unite regional officer said: “Our members have a right to have their legitimate grievances recognised and we hope that the company will come to the table ready to agree a fair pay deal for its loyal workforce.
“Unite will enter Friday’s talks with the aim of settling this long running dispute in the best interests of our members. Many working people can relate to feeling undervalued at work, these members have collectively agreed to take a stand and their union fully supports them.
“We welcome Friday’s talks with management and will work hard to secure a fair and equitable pay deal for our members.”
For further information please contact Unite campaigns officer Chantal Chegrinec on 07774 146 777
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey