Thursday, March 11, 2010


Circular No: IR/79/10Our Ref: BR4/15/411 March 2010

Dear colleagues


The ballot of you and your colleagues has concluded and the result is as follows:

Question: Are you prepared to take strike action?

Total votes cast
7816 Number voting YES 6055 Number voting NO 1709 Spoilt papers 52

Question: Are you prepared to take industrial action short of a strike?

Total votes cast

7816 Number voting YES 6955 Number voting NO 723 Spoilt papers 138

Your union’s Executive Committee will now discuss the next steps in the dispute at a meeting next Friday - 19th March - in light of the massive mandate for action that has been delivered by our members. I can also inform you that I have issued a further call to Network Rail Chairman Rick Haythornthwaite today to re-open talks on the maintenance cuts plans.

You and your colleagues were faced with a stark choice in this ballot. You could have either sat back and waited for these cash-led maintenance cuts to lead to another major disaster on Britain’s railways or voted to take action to stop the attack on rail safety. You and your colleagues have now overwhelmingly voted to take action.

RMT remains available for talks with Network Rail and we would hope that in light of the overwhelming mandate for action delivered by you and your colleagues today that Mr Haythornthwaite will respond to our request for meaningful discussions aimed at ensuring that the staffing levels required to deliver a safe rail system are maintained.

I would like to thank all members for delivering such a magnificent vote for strike action and industrial action short of a strike.

Yours sincerely,

Bob Crow
General Secretary

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