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Possible Strikes At One & EWS - 3258/6657
Written by Lee on Friday, 3rd August 2007

Details contained in the links below.

Re: Possible Strikes At One & EWS - 3258/6719
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 7th August 2007

Here is a report on the EWS strike (link below.)

Re: Possible Strikes At One & EWS - 3258/6938
Written by Lee on Saturday, 18th August 2007

More than I00 RMT guards , revenue-protection inspectors and retail staff at 'One' railway in north Essex will strike on Saturday (August 18) and Monday (August 20 , links below.)

Re: Possible Strikes At One & EWS - 3258/7015
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 22nd August 2007

The wife of guard Paul Yarwood told of her despair last night as he faces ruin (link below.)

He came to the rescue after a drunken passenger abused travellers and threatened staff with a broom at Colchester station.

But bosses at One Railway sacked him for gross misconduct , claiming CCTV showed him headbutting the man.

His dismissal comes despite an admission by the passenger that he was entirely to blame.

Paul is set to lose his home as he cannot pay the mortgage and will be hauled before a court this week charged with threatening behaviour.

The RMT union has held two strikes over the incident in June , supported by the public. Derek Monnery , of the Essex Rail Users' Federation passenger group , said: "Managers have to ask why the strikes were so strongly backed."

Re: Possible Strikes At One & EWS - 3258/7467
Written by Lee on Friday, 7th September 2007

Eight hundred rail workers are to stage two one-day strikes in protest at the dismissal of the guard (link below.)

RMT union members at One Railways will walk out on 15 and 17 September.

Lines in Essex , Suffolk , Norfolk , Herts and Cambridgeshire will be affected.

On strike days One Railways expect to operate an hourly service on the Norwich - London intercity services with some extra peak services instead of the usual half hourly service.

Local services from Ipswich and Norwich across Suffolk , Norfolk and Cambridgeshire are all unlikely to operate.

Southend - London services may experience some cancellations but it is hoped most services will operate.

Re: Possible Strikes At One & EWS - 3258/7614
Written by Lee on Friday, 14th September 2007

The one strike has been called off (link below.)

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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