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Possible Network Rail Strike? - 6182/10593
Written by Lee on Thursday, 6th March 2008

Network Rail has been given seven days to improve its two-year pay and conditions offer to 7,000 signalling and other key operational staff or face ballots for industrial action (link below.)

In co-ordinated referendums that closed today members of RMT and TSSA in operational, customer services and project and engineering-support grades voted heavily to reject the offer, of 4.8 per cent this year and RPI plus 0.5 per cent in 2009.

Members of Unite have also been urged to reject the offer in a referendum yet to close.

Re: Possible Network Rail Strike? - 6182/10630
Written by rail_insideher on Friday, 7th March 2008

i can almost 100% say that there is going to be some sort of railway strike reg signallers , probably be balloted in next 2 weeks then i`d say the strike dates will be made public, i`m guessing in aprill .

Re: Possible Network Rail Strike? - 6182/11616
Written by Lee on Thursday, 17th April 2008

The RMT is to ballot some 5,000 signallers and other key operational staff over pay and conditions after rejecting a

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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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