FGW say yes to action, but no dates set

10 January 2008

ASLEF members in First Great Western have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action, but because of ‘significant progress’ in negotiations, the executive committee has not set days for strikes.


‘It is a ringing endorsement of the union’s position that 75.4% voted for strike action,’ said district organiser Stan Moran. ‘Of our 800 members in the company, 576 returned ballot papers. Of these 442 voted for action.’


However, the union’s executive committee says that – finally - ‘meaningful negotiations’ are taking place, and it has therefore held back on naming strike dates. ‘This is in order to allow every opportunity for the dispute to be settled to the satisfaction of both sides,’ Stan says.


The problems with the company have centred around mismanagement, failure to apply agreed disciplinary procedures and grading issues – all of which contributed to a serious breakdown in industrial relations.

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