9 February 2024
RMT Press Office:
RAIL UNION RMT announced today (Friday, February 9, 2024) that members working across East Coast mainline for Hitachi Rail will begin eight days of discontinuous strike action on Saturday.
The stoppage will take place at Craigentinny, Bounds Green and Doncaster maintenance depots across the East Coast mainline and will conclude on February 24.
More than 400 workers will be taking part in the action on Hitachi Rail which maintains the rolling stock and signalling for LNER.
Members on the East Coast mainline will be joined by workers in London North Pole depot, which maintains the fleet for the Great Western mainline, in a vote closing next Tuesday on an offer made by Hitachi Rail which the union has deemed unacceptable and is urging its members to reject.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that every effort had been made to try and find a negotiated settlement to the pay dispute.
"However, despite enormous profits and eye-watering sums of money paid to shareholders, the company is unwilling to make a proposal that is satisfactory to the people whose work makes the company a success.
"Our members are showing tremendous strength and resolve by taking this action and we are fully prepared for a sustained industrial campaign if we cannot make progress,” he said.
Note: RMT members will begin strike action at 00:01 on Saturday February 10, 2024