RAIL WORKERS are considering further action over the extension of driver-only operated trains following the collapse of talks with Abellio Greater Anglia bosses yesterday.
Members of the RMT union are to be balloted for walkouts and action short of a strike after bosses refused to give guarantees on the future of the safety-critical guards’ role across the franchise.
The breakdown of the talks between management and RMT negotiators has left “no option” but to press ahead with the ballot, the union announced.
Abellio Greater Anglia are the latest rail privateers to announce plans to extend driver-only trains across their network.
Mr Cash said: “Greater Anglia have been given every opportunity to give a guarantee on the future role of the guard on their services. They have failed to do so.
“RMT will not sit back and wait for the company any longer and we have no option but to proceed to ballot in order to protect safety and access on Greater Anglia services.”
A Greater Anglia spokesperson claimed the company had no intention of removing guards from its trains, adding: “We are seeking further talks with the RMT to try and agree a way forward.”
Ballot papers will be issued on August 21 and the ballot will close on September 12.