London 2012: Stansted Express strike ballot threatens misery for passengers

15:56 20 June 2012

General Secretary of the RMT Bob Crow claimed he had been defamed by Johnson PIC: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

General Secretary of the RMT Bob Crow claimed he had been defamed by Johnson PIC: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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Air travellers coming to London could face disruption with a strike ballot by Stansted Express rail workers.

The Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said it planned to ballot its members on Greater Anglia, which includes the Stansted Express, for strikes in a dispute over an Olympic bonus.

The line connects Stansted airport to the capital city.

RMT Secretary Bob Crow said: “There can be no excuse for the cavalier attitude of the company to these negotiations on an essential section of the Olympics transport network and we would hope that they would now come to their senses and enter into meaningful talks at this late stage,”

“Greater Anglia have deliberately dragged their feet over this crucial issue knowing that the clock is ticking down and they have now confronted us at the eleventh hour with an offer which they knew full well would be totally unacceptable,”

“As a consequence we now have no option but to move to an urgent ballot for both strike action and action short of a strike to reinforce our case for a fair and unified settlement.

A Greater Anglia spokesperson said: “We’re surprised to hear that the RMT are intending to organise a ballot as we have not received any formal notification from the Union of their intention to do so. We will continue to progress the constructive discussions that are taking place over this matter with the RMT and our staff representatives.”

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