Rail protest

Northern Rail train
Northern Rail train

Northern Rail bosses have warned of disruption to its services if threatened strike action goes ahead later this month.

The rail company said it could not yet say which services would be affected across the north of England including those in Selby following the Rail Maritime and Transport Workers Union announcement that it is to ballot for strike action.

The RMT is balloting members for strike action over what they have called a ‘Breakdown in Industrial Relations’. This refers to seven items, of which six are resolved in principle. The only outstanding issue is the use of contracts for revenue protection work at stations.

HR director for Northern Rail Adrian Thompson said: “The RMT has demanded that Northern either sacks or employs the 260 people employed on these contracts. The RMT is claiming that Northern is gradually replacing employees with ‘agency staff’ a claim that is completely unfounded and untrue.

“We do not want to put these people out of work. These contracts carry out a vital role, ensuring that passengers have valid tickets and those fares are fully captured to reinvest into building a better railway.”

The RMT ballot opened yesterday and closes on May 20. Earliest date for any strike action would be May 27. Customers are advised to check northernrail.org or follow @northernrailorg for the latest information.