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Nottingham EMT Strike Threat - 6742/11287
Written by Lee on Friday, 4th April 2008

Union chiefs are to ballot for possible strike action on trains to and from Nottingham (link below.)

About 150 senior conductors will be asked whether to strike or take other industrial action, following a row over Sunday shift cover.

If a strike goes ahead, it would hit local services from Nottingham but would not affect trains to London.

The row started when East Midlands Trains told the RMT it was planning to ask managers to provide emergency cover on senior conductor shifts on Sundays.

A number of Sunday services had to be cancelled because of a lack of senior conductors - who are responsible for the safety of the train and passengers.

East Midlands Trains, which took over the franchise from Central Trains in November last year, has a voluntary arrangement for covering Sundays.

And with no cash incentive, many senior conductors were choosing not to work.

The ballot is understood to involve a total of 150 senior conductors - including about 110 based in Nottingham.

It could be up to five weeks before any industrial action comes into effect.

East Midlands Trains said it was "very disappointed" about the ballot.

The company said it had already enhanced Sunday payments for senior conductors to encourage volunteers.

Re: Nottingham EMT Strike Threat - 6742/11464
Written by Lee on Thursday, 10th April 2008

More on this in the link below.

Re: Nottingham EMT Strike Threat - 6742/11878
Written by Lee on Friday, 25th April 2008

More than 130 RMT senior conductors at EMT are to strike on the first three Saturdays in May over a breakdown in industrial relations with the company (link below.)

After voting for both strike action and action short of strike, the senior conductors will not book on for shifts that commence between a minute after midnight and 23:59 on May 3, 10 and 17.

Re: Nottingham EMT Strike Threat - 6742/12492
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 3rd June 2008

More than 130 East Midlands Trains senior conductors are to strike on the first three Saturdays in June after talks at conciliation service Acas failed to resolve a breakdown in industrial relations with the company (link below.)

RMT EMT Connect senior conductors at Boston, Lincoln, Norwich and Nottingham will not book on for shifts that commence a minute after midnight on Saturday June 7, 14 and 21.

Strikes originally set for the first three Saturdays in May were suspended to allow the Acas talks to take place.

Re: Nottingham EMT Strike Threat - 6742/12514
Written by Lee on Friday, 6th June 2008

More in the link below.

Re: Nottingham EMT Strike Threat - 6742/12550
Written by Lee on Saturday, 14th June 2008

Further link.

Re: Nottingham EMT Strike Threat - 6742/12671
Written by Lee on Sunday, 13th July 2008

Rail travel in the East Midlands has been disrupted due to a lack of drivers, rail bosses have said (link below.)

The train drivers' union ASLEF has called a branch meeting in Nottingham which means not enough drivers are available for work.

The mainline Nottingham to London service has not been affected.

East Midlands Trains depends on train drivers volunteering to work overtime to operate the service. The union was unavailable for comment.

The move is not considered industrial action, but the train firm said it was "bitterly disappointed" by the shortage of drivers.

Tim Shoveller, EMT managing director, said he believed the move was linked to a train driver who was recently dismissed for an unrelated matter.

East Midlands Trains apologised for the inconvenience and said a full service would run between Derby and Crewe, but reduced services would run between Lincoln and Nottingham.

Other services will be served by a combination of train and bus services.

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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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