TransPennine rail conductors strike again


TransPennine rail conductors strike again

Disruption is set to resume as TransPennine Express (TPE) rail conductors go on strike once more amid an ongoing row over pay.

RMT union members said it was “the last course of action but the company has left us with no option”.

Gaz Jackson, RMT’s regional organiser for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, said they “just want a fair deal from the company” and an “enhancement of their overtime rates”.

“What they’re asking for is a 2p payment for scanning tickets, which isn’t a massive thing to ask.”

TPE responded saying it was “really disappointed”.

This comes after TransPennine Express Conductors requested and were denied an increase in pay for working on their days off and on Sundays throughout the pandemic.

Speaking last month, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “TPE conductors who kept the trains running throughout the pandemic have been left with no choice but to take strike action after being given a flat NO to their reasonable request to close the pay gap between themselves and other TransPennine workers by bosses who have mostly been at home throughout the Covid crisis.

“To add insult to injury Conductors on Northern Trains working alongside TPE Conductors have reached agreement for a small payment of 2p for a new method of checking tickets. Meanwhile, TPE Conductors have modestly asked for and been refused the same small payment for doing these checks.

“Our members refuse to be treated unfairly and will be continuing with industrial action until the pay discrimination is dealt with.”

Services to and from Grimsby and Cleethorpes are set to be affected between 27 March and 3 April.

Commuters have been warned of “a significant reduction in available services” and have been advised to “avoid travel” on TPE routes unless it is absolutely essential.

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