BREAKING NEWS: King’s Lynn station staff vote for strike action

Train leaving King's Lynn Railway Station ANL-160316-152440009
Train leaving King's Lynn Railway Station ANL-160316-152440009
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Rail staff at stations including Lynn have voted to take strike action in a dispute over proposed changes to ticketing services.

RMT union officials say 70 per cent of their members voted in favour of industrial action in a ballot, which concluded today.

The vote was called in protest at plans to cut ticket office opening hours at dozens of stations, including Lynn, and introduce new station host roles instead.

Managers of Govia Thameslink, the parent company of Lynn’s main rail operator Great Northern, insist the plan will make staff and station facilities available to passengers for longer.

But the union claims the move will lead to reduced services, job losses and pay cuts for staff who remain.

RMT deputy general secretary, Steve Hedley, said: “The Govia Thamelink franchise is in meltdown and not fit for purpose.

“Not content with axing catering services, closing ticket offices and attacking the role of their guards they now want to threaten 130 station jobs and compromise the safety of both their passengers and staff alike.

“These plans fly in the face of the response from the thousands of passengers who objected to the closure of ticket offices and the de-staffing of stations as Govia drives on with plans for a “faceless railway” where the public are left to fend for themselves on rammed-out, dangerous and unreliable services.

“In light of this strong mandate from our members, our National Executive Committee will be considering the course of industrial action.”

A Govia Thameslink Railway spokesman said: “We note that only one in four (26.9 per cent) voted for strike action, with more than half of RMT station staff members ignoring the ballot.

“While disappointed we urge the union to stop this dispute and save our passengers and staff further pain by becoming part of the solution rather than the problem.”