They have really had their money’s worth this week. He has managed to get long departed signallers, working from burnt out signal boxes, to vote in favour of a strike.
Network Rail says it has unearthed scores of inaccuracies in the signallers’ ballot, which show that the union has “manifestly failed to comply with the requirements of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act of 1992”.
As well as including signal boxes that do not exist, the union omitted 26 that do, accounting for almost 100 staff, the company said. Network Rail argues that in 67 other locations, the RMT sought votes from more employees than work there. It says, for example, that the union asked 11 members to vote at South Tottenham, where it employs three signallers; and 33 at Crewe, where Network Rail says it employs 24 people.
Could these ‘ghost’ signallers be full time union employees – perhaps seconded to the Labour Party to help with the postal ballot?
Whatever, they will be sufficient for the High Court to rule the strike ballot null and void.
Another fine example of the ‘couldn’t run a strike on a railway line’ series HERE.