Rail strike on the cards over job loss fears

PUBLISHED: 06:54 23 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:14 26 October 2009

THE prospect of a paralysing rail strike looms large on the horizon after a union said it would ballot its members over job cuts. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is to send voting papers to some 800 of its members who work for train company F

THE prospect of a paralysing rail strike looms large on the horizon after a union said it would ballot its members over job cuts.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is to send voting papers to some 800 of its members who work for train company First Capital Connect (FCC).

FCC recently announced plans to cut ticket office opening hours at 28 of its stations, including Welwyn North, WGC, Knebworth and Cuffley - which the union believes will lead to job losses.

A further 2,700 employees, who work for National Express East Anglia and South West Trains, will also be asked to take part in industrial action.

The ballot will open on March 3 and is set to close on March 17.

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