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Rail staff vote for industrial action; ROW OVER WEEKEND COVER FOR CITY'S SPECIAL EVENTS.

Byline: ALAN WESTON ECHO Reporter alan.weston@trinitymirror.com @alanweston

MERSEYRAIL station staff have voted for industrial action in a row over weekend working.

The RMT union called the ballot after negotiations broke down with Merseyrail over the number of weekend special events station staff are required to cover, such as the International Mersey River Festival earlier this month.

The ballot result showed 80% in favour of strike action, and around the same percentage in favour of taking industrial action short of a strike. RMT regional organiser Daren Ireland said: "The issue has been over the increasing number of special events our members are required to cover.

"This means changes to station staff rosters with people coming in earlier to cover the special events.

"We have been in negotiation with Merseyrail, but have been unable to reach agreement."

Around 300 employees are affected by the changes - they include everyone who sells train tickets and offers customer assistance at stations.

Mr Ireland added: "The ball is now in Merseyrail's court.

"The issue is not over pay. Our members are very frustrated at the imposition of rosters in relation to special event working." The mandate for any form of industrial action is 28 days from the result of the ballot. Merseyrail has been approached for comment by the ECHO.

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Date:Jun 15, 2016
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