Rail strike could go on

TRAIN passangers were bracing themselves for possible further industrial action this week after talks between East Midlands Trains (EMT) and its drivers ended without agreement.

The last of six one-day strikes was staged on Thursday, May 17, with replacement bus services again operating for Belper and Duffield passengers. No new dates for industrial action have yet been announced, however pension problems which led to the strike have not yet been resolved.

The RMT union, has now also said it will hold its own strike ballot among its train driver members. Meanwhile, EMT has insisted the strikes are unnecessary as staff pension benefits would be unaffected. Train drivers’ union Aslef disputes the calculations and said the firm has not entered into meaningful negotiations.