Metrolink workers to go on strike over pay

Metrolink workers have decided to go on strike next month over pay.

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Train/tram tracks at ALtrincham: Image Darren Marsden

The srike will start at the most busiest time due to big events taking place like Parklife and big named gigs, the strike will take place from 9pm on June 7th until 6am on June 10th.

Unison said that 96% of staff will go on strike.

Unite regional officer Steve Davies said: “The company has adopted a ‘divide and rule’ policy in offering different pay rises to separate groups which we won’t tolerate – we are seeking a substantial pay rise for all our non-driver members.

“The company has also tied in any offer to a serious erosion of current employment conditions. The bosses are expecting a lot for their current offer including a worsening of unsocial hours working and new rosters impacting on our members’ work/life balance.

“We are calling out the network controllers across the 62 mile system and without them the whole network will grind to a halt very quickly.

“We appreciate that the strike action is taking place during the popular Parklife Festival and travel disruption is on cards for festival goers – that’s why we are calling for urgent talks with the management to reach a fair settlement before the bands start playing.”


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