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Rail union TSSA votes on further strike action for East Midlands Railway, serving Newark stations



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East Midlands Railway services could be further disrupted by strike action as union members dispute pay and job security.

Members of rail union TSSA in train operating companies covered by the Department for Transport are in dispute over pay, conditions and job security ­— including East Midlands Railway workers.

The operator runs services through both Newark Castle and Northgate stations, linking the town to Lincoln, Nottingham, Derby, London and further afield.

Newark Castle station, served by East Midlands Railway, could be affected by further strike action.
Newark Castle station, served by East Midlands Railway, could be affected by further strike action.

Members will be able to vote in the ballot between Thursday, June 16, and Thursday, July 7, to decide if strike action will take place.

The union is demanding a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies for 2022, no un-agreed changes to terms and conditions, and a pay increase that reflects the rising cost of living.

169 of East Midlands Railway's members of staff, in roles including control, management, customer service, station and revenue protection, are members of TSSA.

TSSA said the last pay rise for these staff was in 2019, with the lowest paid staff earning around £18,000.

The union claims industrial action by its members would bring services to a halt, affect cover for drivers and impact ticket sales and refunds.

Planned RMT strikes are already threatening widespread disruption to East Midlands Railway services, on June 21, 23 and 25.



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