Hitachi Rail maintenance engineers to take strike action

Hitachi Rail maintenance engineers to take strike action

19 January 2024

RMT Press Office:

RMT members at maintenance depots run by Hitachi rail will strike over 5 days next week in row over pay.

Strike action will take place at  Craigentinny, Bounds Green & Doncaster maintenance depots with members at Outstations and Maintenance Control also taking action.
Unite the Union members working for Hitachi Rail will be taking strike action at the same time across the country.
Bosses at Hitachi Rail have only offered 6% - well below RPI inflation at the time.  
This is despite the company making over £100m in profit last year.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Workers at Hitachi Rail do a range of highly skilled work ensuring that trains and infrastructure are all working properly.
"However, bosses at the multi-million pound company are undervaluing their own staff by being greedy and not offering a decent pay rise.
"This sustained action by Hitachi Rail workers will send a clear message to the company that we will not rest until we get a negotiated settlement on pay, that rewards our members sufficiently."
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said:  “Hitachi is making enormous profits in the UK and yet it is trying to short change our members with this real-terms pay cut.
“These workers are highly skilled and perform a safety critical role and yet are being chronically undervalued by their employer. Hitachi need to know our members won’t stand for such penny pinching as they head to the picket line.”  
RMT members will begin strike action 05:59 hours on Saturday 27th January and this will last until 05:58 hours on Thursday 1st February.

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