Bombardier train depot workers to strike over pay

22 August 2012

Workers at a Midlands train maintenance depot owned by train-maker Bombardier will start a series of strikes over pay on Sunday 26 August.

The 240 members of trade union Unite at Bombardier’s Central Rivers site in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire, have already rejected two below-inflation pay deals.

They will start an overtime ban on Saturday 25 August, with six strikes to follow over the next fortnight. The action could affect trains on Virgin’s west coast line and Arriva’s cross country train fleet.

Unite regional officer, Mick Stevens, said:

Unite members have given their full cooperation to Bombardier. They expect their pay award to reflect their efforts.

Bombardier is offering a below inflation increase of 2.5 per cent, but the company is refusing to share vital financial information to justify this offer. The workers now feel they have no options but to take industrial action and the high turnout and overwhelming ballot result reflects the anger of the workforce.

Workers voted 81% in favour of strikes and 94% for action short of a strike.

The first strike will take place on Sunday, with strikes also set for Monday 27 August, Sunday 2 September, Monday 3 September and Sunday 9 September.

>> Send messages of support to the Bombardier strikers, via Unite regional officer Mick Stevens

The action does not affect the Bombardier manufacturing plant in Derby, where the firm has cut 1,200 jobs, despite huge protests last year.

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