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WORKERS at West Midlands Railway are striking tomorrow against bosses’ efforts to “bulldoze through” driver-only operations.
Rail union RMT said the company has no incentive to negotiate because the taxpayer underwrites profits lost through strike action.
West Midlands Railway is run by Dutch state-owned rail operator Abellio.
Under the terms of its government franchise, in common with other privateers, any profits lost through strike action are paid for by the public.
Tomorrow’s strike is one of seven days of stoppages running into December.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “With the government set to bankroll West Midlands for revenue loss during periods of industrial action, the company is in effect being paid not to run trains on strike days.
“It’s the same old Tories siding with fat-cat train bosses at the expense of passengers and against rail workers who are striking as a last resort to defend safety and accessibility.”
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