Station staff on West Anglia route to take strike action

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About 100 Greater Anglia station staff are set to strike over plans to sack cleaners and give cleaning tasks to other rail staff, a union has said.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union on the train company's West Anglia route backed a campaign of industrial action by 9-1.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said the company was "riding roughshod" over "their own procedures".

Greater Anglia denied disregarding any agreements.

The firm said it would work with the union over the issue.

'Collaborative approach'

The union has accused Greater Anglia of trying to "bulldoze" through the removal of station cleaners and enforce flexible working on remaining staff, forcing them to take on the responsibility for cleaning the station.

Mr Crow said: "RMT will not tolerate a situation where Greater Anglia choose to ignore and abuse agreed procedures in an effort to bulldoze through changes that have serious implications for our members and, potentially, the quality of service offered to the travelling public."

Michelle Smart, a director for Abellio Greater Anglia, said: "The RMT has balloted 108 of its members on our West Anglia route and less than half of that number actually voted.

"We have not 'ripped-up' any agreements as the RMT claims and will continue to take a collaborative approach with the union in respect of the introduction of more flexible working at stations."

The company said if the RMT did take industrial action, it did not expect it to disrupt trains services and would affect only stations from Hertford East and from Bishop's Stortford into London Liverpool Street.

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