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York Network Rail Workers Vote To Strike - 6265/10697
Written by Lee on Monday, 10th March 2008

Workers in a Network Rail electrical control room have voted to go on strike in a row over jobs (link below.)

Train services on the East Coast mainline between Edinburgh and London are threatened as a result.

The Rail Maritime and Transport union said a majority of members at York backed industrial action in protest at plans to reduce staff by a third.

Network Rail said consultation was underway and final arrangements were yet to be agreed.

Network Rail has until Thursday to resolve the dispute or industrial action will result, the union said.

Re: York Network Rail Workers Vote To Strike - 6265/10715
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 11th March 2008

More in the link below.

Re: York Network Rail Workers Vote To Strike - 6265/10755
Written by Lee on Thursday, 13th March 2008

The RMT members will not work any shifts between Wednesday evening and Easter Monday morning (links below.)

However, Network Rail said some services would continue despite the action.

Re: York Network Rail Workers Vote To Strike - 6265/10916
Written by Lee on Thursday, 20th March 2008

The RMT has called for an inquiry into "inadequately qualified" managers manning high voltage equipment during the strike (link below.)

Re: York Network Rail Workers Vote To Strike - 6265/10945
Written by Lee on Friday, 21st March 2008

Maintenence and contract work on overhead power lines along the East Coast and branch lines was cancelled last night after key engineering staff in four Network Rail depots refused to issue work licences on safety grounds (link below.)

Workers at Morpeth, Leeds, Doncaster and Hitchen depots invoked 'Worksafe' procedures and sought alternative duties after learning that managers doing the work of highly skilled staff on strike from the York electrical control room had had as little as six days' training.

RMT members at the York ECR started a five-day strike last night over Network Rail's plans to slash the number of operators there by a third.

Work scheduled to take place at Heaton depot today was also cancelled after the necessary licences were not issued.

The union has today warned that any attempt to discipline the workers concerned would result in a ballot for strike action among all overhead-line staff.

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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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