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Rail staff to ballot for strike action
STAFF on the Greater Anglia rail franchise are to be balloted for industrial action over Olympic payments.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT)will vote on strike action and action short of a strike after reps rejected an offer from the company on Olympics recognition and reward payments.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: "Greater Anglia have confronted us with an offer which they knew full well would be totally unacceptable.
"As a consequence we now have no option but to move to an urgent ballot for both strike action and action short of a strike to reinforce our case for a fair and unified settlement."
A Greater Anglia spokesperson said: "We're surprised to hear the RMT are intending to organise a ballot as we have not received any formal notification from the union of their intention to do so.
"We will continue to progress the constructive discussions which are taking place over this matter with the RMT and our staff representatives."