Railway staff set to take industrial action

A North Yorkshire Moors Railway train leaves Whitby on its way across the moors to Pickering. Picture by Jonathan Pow
A North Yorkshire Moors Railway train leaves Whitby on its way across the moors to Pickering. Picture by Jonathan Pow
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STAFF at the historic North Yorkshire Moors Railway are set to take industrial action from midnight tonight over pay.

Members of the RMT trade union will enforce an overtime ban and work to rule.

The union has claimed that carriage and wagon-fitters at the railway have been told to take on extra work and responsibility for no extra money.

New duties include examining carriages and signing them off under safety regulations as the trains are expected to run on Network Rail tracks.

However Philip Benhan, the railway’s chief executive, said: “They are not being asked to shoulder additional responsibilities.

“What they are being asked to do is something that has been part and parcel of their work and the reason that they have jobs in the first place.”

RMT head Bob Crow said: “This is a straightforward case of fitters being expected to shoulder additional work and responsibility, having the right to be rewarded properly for it.

“The company knows that we are ready to talk to resolve the issue, but simply refusing to entertain an increase in pay for an increase in workload and responsibility is not an option.”

Members of the union at the heritage line voted overwhelmingly in favour of the industrial action.