Railway workers in the RMT union have voted in favour of strike

UK rail staff vote for strikes across network, union says 

 LONDON – Railway workers have voted in favour of strike action across Britain’s rail network, their union said on Tuesday.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) said staff working for Network Rail, the owner and infrastructure manager of most of the rail network in Britain, and private companies running services had backed walkouts or action short of a strike.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport Workers held a strike ballot, with 89 percent voting in favor and 11 percent voting against.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said "members want a decent pay rise, job security and no compulsory redundancies".

Approximately 71% of RMT's 40,000 members voted.

In a fierce disagreement over employment, wages, and conditions, railway workers have decisively chosen to strike, risking severe disruption to the network in the coming weeks.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at Network Rail and 15 train operators supported the start of a strike campaign.

The union's officials must now decide whether to organize strikes, which will shut down large sections of the network.

It was the most support for strike action by railway workers since privatization, according to the union.