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Alstom maintenance workers set to vote on strike action

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Unite the Union has said that more than 70 highly skilled workers, employed by Alstom, in Derby, who perform maintenance of East Midland’s Railway rolling stock will be balloted on a strike from today, Tuesday, September 20, until 4 October. The union says that strike action could severely disrupt East Midlands Railway maintenance if it goes ahead.

This comes after Derby workers at the Etches Park maintenance depot were offered a 4% pay rise. Alstom profits stand at £233m, according to the union. Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Once again a company making huge profits is offering a pay rise which in reality is a pay cut.

“Our members will simply not accept that. Unite will defend our members’ jobs, pay and conditions and Alstom’s Derby workers have the union’s full backing.”

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Unite the Union said the strike action would “severely disrupt” maintenance of East Midlands Rail’s rolling stock, a contract worth £133 million. The site was previously operated under Bombardier, which was bought by Alstom in January 2021.

French-based Alstom’s latest financial report shows it brought in sales of £13.6 billion in 2021/22 and made net profits of £233 million. Unite regional officer Andy Shaw said: “The anger amongst our members at Alstom’s Etches Park site over the company’s unacceptable pay offer is such that we have had to ballot for strike action.

“The company must return to the negotiating table with an offer our members can accept.” Derbyshire Live has approached Alstom for comment on the strike ballot.

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