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Rail freight workers to stage strike action over pay freeze

Published 19/09/2016

The cab of a Freightliner Heavy Haul train during a visit by then chancellor George Osborne
The cab of a Freightliner Heavy Haul train during a visit by then chancellor George Osborne

Workers at a rail freight company are to stage a 48-hour strike in a dispute over pay.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Freightliner Heavy Haul will walk out on Thursday and Friday after voting by three to one in favour of industrial action.

The union conceded there had been a major downturn in coal transported by rail but complained that the company was freezing pay.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "It is clear from the accounts that despite the fact that there has been a downturn in the use of coal that the company is still showing healthy reserves and profits and that a pay rise to keep pace with the cost of living would be a drop in the ocean compared to the numbers on the Freightliner Heavy Haul balance sheet."

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