UK - Rail workers are set to strike unless Network Rail guarantees that the jobs, pay, and pension entitlements of 4000 workers will be protected.
The National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport workers is to ballot members on industrial action unless it receives guarantees that workers jobs and pensions will be protected, after engineering giant Jarvis decided to pull out of its railway maintenance contracts.
Jarvis made its decision in October, and rail and signals maintenance workers will be transferred back to Network Rail in April. The RMT is angry that the Network Rail final salary scheme is being closed to new members next month, and it also wants Network Rail to give full TUPE (transfer of undertakings and protection of employment) rights to members.
Track and signals renewal workers are to be transferred to another undetermined railway maintenance contractor at a later date. Jarvis workers could be transferred to Amey, Carillon Rail, First Engineering, Balfour Beatty, Amec and Serco.
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