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Braintree district: Vote to take place on rail strikes
2:00pm Tuesday 3rd July 2012 in News
Railway workers will vote this month on whether to take strike action over Olympic bonus payments.
The rail union RMT confirmed on Monday that ballot papers would be sent to its members working for Greater Anglia.
It comes after RMT representatives rejected a Greater Anglia offer on Olympic reward payments.
Staff at all stations run by Greater Anglia, including seven stations in the Braintree district, will take part in the vote.
Ballot papers will be sent to workers this week, with the votes closing on Thursday, July 19.
The RMT wants Greater Anglia to agree Olympic reward agreements similar to those agreed by other rail franchises such as First Capital Connect and c2c.
Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, said: "It is a scandal that Greater Anglia has decided to try and force their staff to work longer and harder for little or nothing in return.
"We all want the Olympics to be a success but we cannot have fairness on some train companies and a slap round the face on others.”
A Greater Anglia spokesman said: “We’re disappointed that the RMT union is intending to organise a ballot.”