Rail workers vote for more strike action

COMMUTERS in East Anglia are bracing themselves for delays after rail workers voted for more industrial action in support of a sacked colleague. Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at train operator One yesterday backed a possible strike by 300 votes to 59 after Paul Yarwood lost his job.

COMMUTERS in East Anglia are bracing themselves for delays after rail workers voted for more industrial action in support of a sacked colleague.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at train operator One yesterday backed a possible strike by 300 votes to 59 after Paul Yarwood lost his job.

Mr Yarwood was sacked following an incident at Colchester North station in June involving an alleged fare evader.

The Brightlingsea man is now facing a trial later this year, accused of threatening and abusive behaviour.


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Guards and revenue protection officers at the firm have already taken two days of strike action in support of the 45 year-old who broke down in tears when he appeared at Colchester Magistrates Court this month.

A spokesman for One said: “We remain open to further dialogue with the RMT. If industrial action is called we will advise the public of any impact it may have on train services.”

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He said every effort would be made to deal with any impact of industrial action, but said it depended on the extent of what happens.

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