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Strike action threat to rail services.

Summary: East Midlands Trains East Midlands Trains is a new train operating company, based in Derby, that will operate railway services in the East Midlands and surrounding areas. The franchise will be formed through the amalgamation of the current Midland Mainline (MML) franchise, which operates inter-city  services could soon be griding to a halt after RMT RMT right mentotransverse (position of the fetus).
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East Midlands Trains services could soon be grinding to a halt after RMT Union members voted in favour of strike action in a row over job cuts.

The firm recently announced plans to cut 160 jobs, but union bosses say the true number of redundancies will be higher.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow Bob Crow (born 13 June 1961) is the general secretary of the British trade union RMT. A staunch communist, he is one of the founder members of the so-called "Awkward Squad" - the loose grouping of left-wing union leaders who came to power in a series of electoral victories  said: "Like other rail franchises, EMT is using the recession as a pretext PRETEXT. The reasons assigned to justify an act, which have only the appearance of truth, and which are without foundation; or which if true are not the true reasons for such act. Vattel, liv. 3, c. 3, 32.  to cut jobs when the profits are still flowing in and the dividends are still flowing out into the pockets of shareholders.

"We now know that the true number of jobs they want to cut is likely to be far higher than the 162 they have admitted to, and they are even trying to sidestep side·step  
v. side·stepped, side·step·ping, side·steps

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 the requirement that they must give 90 days' notice of redundancies."

Meanwhile, a fourth strike by RMT conductors at three rail company depots will take place next week in a row over Sunday working.

Around 100 members at the London Midland For the former British Railways region, see London Midland Region (British Railways).

London Midland is the brand name of the train operating company who will operate the new West Midlands railway franchise in England.
 depots in Bletchley, Northampton and Watford would take 24-hour industrial action next Tuesday.

"It is disappointing that, after three rock-solid strikes, London Midland has not recognised the depth of feeling of our members over the straightforward," RMT general secretary Bob Crow said.

He went on: "However the company tries to sidestep this, the problem is quite simply that it wants to compel our members to work Sundays and up to 60 hours a week when they have the right not to."

The conductors have already held 24-hour strikes on March 13 and 16 and a 48-hour stoppage on Sunday and Monday of this week.

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Publication:Independent Television News Limited (ITN)
Date:Apr 9, 2009
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