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Train service intact despite rail strikes

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: July 26, 2014

By Richard Castle

PERPLEXED . . . Tim Sayer cannot believe workers did not accept his firm's pay offer

PERPLEXED . . . Tim Sayer cannot believe workers did not accept his firm's pay offer

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TRAIN bosses running Uttoxeter's main service have pledged to keep it running during strike action by rail union members.

Unite Union will lead a rail workers' strike from Sunday to Thursday over a dispute centring around pay and working conditions.

And East Midlands Trains, which runs the Derby to Crewe line, has promised Uttoxeter's commuters that their main service will not suffer significantly as a result.

Tim Sayer, engineering director for East Midlands Trains, said: "We're very disappointed that Unite has chosen to take this course of action, clearly attempting to cause disruption to our customers during the start of the main summer holiday season.

"This action will ultimately hit the pockets of Unite's members and will see no winners.

"We have put forward a very reasonable and fair offer to our engineering staff, representing a 2.75 per cent pay increase, and are extremely surprised that this offer has been rejected by union members.

"The industrial action is being taken by just 10 per cent of our total workforce. We have prepared full contingency plans to provide the necessary cover during the Unite strike action and will be working hard to ensure that any impact this may have on our customers is minimised.

"Our door remains open for further talks with Unite.

"However, our full focus is now on continuing to deliver a reliable and high quality train service for our customers."

East Midlands Trains bosses have assured the Post and Times the Crewe to Derby line will run as normal for the majority of its trains.

Any services that do as a result of the strikes suffer will be covered by replacement bus routes.

Customers are now being advised to visit www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk to download a copy of the revised East Midlands Trains timetable.

Alternatively, passengers can follow Twitter, @EMTrains, using #EMTupdate for further updates.

The rail strike follows a host of public sector strikes that have taken place in the last year across the UK.

Teachers' action has disrupted hundreds of Uttoxeter families during that time.

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