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Overground’s safety officers strike against slide into poverty

SAFETY officers on London Overground rail services are on strike today over pay.

Rail union RMT says a pay freeze will effectively mean a slide into poverty pay for workers whose jobs it says are “essential.”

The 24-hour strike began at one minute past midnight, and is the workers’ second round of strike action.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Travel safe officers offer security for passengers and staff against a background of increasing anti-social and violent behaviour on the railways. Despite previous rock-solid strike action the company still refuses to listen and has left us with no option but to confirm a further phase.

“STM Group believes that they can pay their workers a pittance and get away with it. They are wrong and it is about time they faced up to that reality.”

He said that the union remains available for “serious negotiations” with London Overground bosses.

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