Strike will not stop trains, say One

JON WELCH Train company One has pledged to run its full timetabled service despite two days of strike action by members of the RMT union later this month.

JON WELCH

Train company One has pledged to run its full timetabled service despite two days of strike action by members of the RMT union later this month.

Workers based at stations from Clacton to Manningtree and Chelmsford are due to walk out on August 18 and 20 in support of a guard they say was unfairly dismissed.

Staff voted 83 to one in favour of strike action following the sacking of an employee after an incident

at Colchester station on June 7.

The union has now called a company-wide ballot.

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RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "Our members are furious that the company has failed to support staff who were left to deal with an abusive fare-evader who refused to stop smoking on a train, assaulted a platform supervisor and threatened a passenger and other staff."

One said in a statement: "The incident involved a serious physical assault on a member of the public evidenced by CCTV footage. The individual concerned has been dismissed, but the company's disciplinary process has not yet been exhausted."

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