RMT threatens national rail strike
Union leaders have raised the threat of a national rail strike to resist an "assault" on jobs, pay, safety and services.
The Rail Maritime and Transport union attacked the recent McNulty review of the railways which it said threatened huge job cuts, de-staffing of stations, increased fares and threats to rural lines.
The union's annual conference in Fort William endorsed plans for a a campaign against any cuts, including a national strike ballot if necessary.
General secretary Bob Crow said: "McNulty would leave no rail worker and no section of our industry unscathed whether they work for the train operators, Network Rail or one of the many sub-contractors.
"Everyone has a stake in this campaign and, if the Government decide to push on with the plans, we are making it clear that every worker will be balloted for action right across the rail industry.
"Meanwhile we will be building a mass, national campaign against this all-out assault on our railways that will leave no stone unturned in the fight to stop us being dragged back to the days of Railtrack, Hatfield and Potters Bar while the private companies are locked into gold-plated deals that leave them laughing all the way to the bank."
Delegates approved a motion which said: "Any attempts to attack the jobs, pay, conditions and safety of our members or free collective bargaining in the industry will be met by a ballot for industrial action."
The RMT said it will work with other unions, passenger groups, politicians and local communities to build a campaign of "national resistance" to the McNulty review.