Transport Union RMT has confirmed that its members on the Tyne and Wear Metro working for DB Regio and Nexus have voted by large margins for ‘strike action and action short of a strike in the dispute over pensions’.
In the ballot on both DB Regio and Nexus over 80% have voted for strike action with an ‘even larger majority for action short of a strike’.
Details of the action will be ‘confirmed by the RMT Executive later’.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“Only this morning we learn that top bosses pay has gone through the roof opening up a gap between rich and poor not seen since Victorian times while the men and women who provide essential public services are expected to stand back and watch the pensions that they have built up down the years take a battering.
“We have also learnt that Tory minister Francis Maude, who is behind the attack on our members pensions, is in line for a personal pension pot of £731,000 and an annual income of £43,000 when he hangs up his axe – all funded by the taxpayer.
“The hypocrisy of this Government, who are looking to hammer nurses, teachers and transport workers while they fill their boots at our expense, is breathtaking.
“Our members on Tyne and Wear Metro and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary have shown that they are not going to sit back and take this outrageous attempt to consign them to a life of poverty in their old age.”