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31.05.12

RMT drops pension strike ballot plans

The RMT union has withdrawn its ballot for industrial action over East Midlands Train’s updated pension proposals, to be implemented in July.

Aslef is still considering further industrial action, however.

RMT’s ballot had been open for two weeks and was due to close yesterday, but has now been declared void, as the union recommends members accept the changes. The deal will now be considered by the RMT executive.

Unite also scrapped previously planned strike action over the Jubilee weekend and is considering the same changes to pensions.

The changes, which would see the company and staff reduce pension contributions, have been described as “disappointing” by rail minister Norman Baker.

David Horne, managing director for East Midlands Trains, said: “This is a positive step by the RMT and further welcome news for our passengers. We are pleased that we now have two trade unions who are considering our updated pensions proposals and who have stepped back from unnecessary industrial action.”

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