More industrial action as part of redundancy row

More industrial action as part of redundancy row

Published at 12:02pm 14th January 2015. (Updated at 3:20pm 14th January 2015)

Catering staff on the Settle-Carlisle Railway have gone on strike for 24 hours.

Their latest walkout is part of a row over a compulsory redundancy.

The Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company, which provides the at-seat trolley service, has cut one of its management positions.

The RMT union said there is "no economic reason whatsoever" for the redundancy situation, describing it as "a kick in the teeth for hard-working and loyal staff".

Workers previously staged a 24-hour strike on 13 December.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: "Astonishingly the company has sited potential rail franchise changes in 2016 as a reason for the compulsory redundancy now, when the specifications for the rail franchises are still not known and the franchises themselves will not actually be let for some considerable time.

"Despite numerous requests to look at alternatives to compulsory redundancy, the company has pressed ahead. In these circumstances, RMT has no option but to put on a second phase of action and the union remains available for further talks."

Drew Haley, General Manager of the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company, said that its offer of a voluntary redundancy package and an alternative position was refused by the member of staff.

He added: "The changes were necessary to support the long-term sustainability of the service. There's no way we can agree to the demands of RMT, which would undermine the company."