Railway workers stop short of Olympic strike action

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MEMBERS of a train union voted against going on strike during the Olympics by four votes.

South West Trains (SWT) staff, who are members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have decided to take action short of a strike over a row on an Olympic bonus.

General secretary Bob Crow said: ‘Our members have been consulted and have voted for action short of a strike and the position will now be considered further by the union’s executive.’

Tim Shoveller, managing director of SWT, said: ‘The RMT agreed to a generous pay deal some months ago, which covered the period of the Games.

‘It’s disappointing the RMT has been trying to go back on this deal.’

Staff on East Midlands trains have voted for strike action on August 6, 7 and 8.