More Strike Action Could Hit Eastbourne Commuters

Tuesday 16th August 2016

eastbourne buzz news - RMT Strike

It looks like more strike action could be heading to Eastbourne and Polegate Railway Stations.

The RMT Union has balloted its members over Govia Thameslink Rail’s plans to restructure how ticket offices are run and 70% have voted in favour of striking, with 80% voting for industrial action short of strike action. The results will now be considered by the Union Executive.

RMT assistant general secretary Steve Hedley said, “The Govia Thamelink franchise is in meltdown and not fit for purpose. Not content with axing catering services, closing ticket offices and attacking the role of their guards they now want to threaten 130 station jobs and compromise the safety of both their passengers and staff alike.

“These plans fly in the face of the response from the thousands of passengers who objected to the closure of ticket offices and the de-staffing of stations as Govia drives on with plans for a “faceless railway” where the public are left to fend for themselves on rammed-out, dangerous and unreliable services.

“In light of this strong mandate from our members our National Executive Committee will be considering the course of industrial action.”


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