Commuters to face travel misery after union members vote for rail strikes

COMMUTERS in Times Territory are set to face travel misery after members of a leading rail union voted to go on strike over possible job cuts. The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT)

COMMUTERS in Times Territory are set to face travel misery after members of a leading rail union voted to go on strike over possible job cuts.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) yesterday (Tuesday) announced its members at train company First Capital Connect (FCC) had voted by more than three to one in favour of industrial action.

Workers at National Express East Anglia have also voted to go on strike.

A date for any walk-out has yet to be confirmed but it is expected to take place within the next month.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "Our members at First Capital Connect and National Express East Anglia have struck a blow against selfish employers who are seeking to slash jobs solely in order to maintain profits and dividends.

"The RMT executive will meet shortly to decide on the shape of action our members will take if the employers fail to withdraw these damaging and completely unnecessary cuts.