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Tuesday 8th January 2013 | 09:18
RMT press release
RMT confirmed today that signallers in the Stirling area will be on strike again this weekend in the long-running dispute over rosters as the union takes steps to broaden the campaign in light of the flagrant violation of existing rostering agreements by Network Rail.
RMT's executive has once again considered the current situation and due to the sheer intransigence of the management side, the union has decided to call another round of strike action to put further pressure on the company to meet the union's perfectly reasonable rostering requests.
RMT signalling members working at Stirling Middle, Stirling North and Dunblane are instructed to Cease work and take strike action between:
* 23.59 hours Friday 11th January 2013 and 23.58 hours Saturday 12th January 2013
The Stirling area signallers is now one of the longest-running disputes anywhere in Britain. For many months now RMT has attempted to negotiate an agreement with local management over twelve hour rosters within the framework agreement on rostering agreed between management and the unions. Regretfully, despite considerable efforts by RMT's local reps, management refuse to budge on the call for the 12 hour
rosters which staff in the Stirling area have requested in line with existing rostering policy and which the union knows will deliver a safe and efficient service.
RMT has been consulting all signalling members across Scotland in a series of meetings on how the dispute affects them, specifically the refusal of management to operate and negotiate within the terms of current rostering agreements. RMT has not ruled out the option of escalating the action as a result of the current breakdown and in light of the implications for the wider signalling membership.