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31 July 2019, 11:47 | Updated: 31 July 2019, 11:49
Senior conductors on East Midlands Trains are to stage a new strike in a dispute over pay and other issues.
Members of the RMT union, already set to walk out for 24 hours for the third time this Saturday, will now also strike on August 17th.
The union said workers are "caught in the crossfire" of a row between franchise holder Stagecoach & the Department for Transport over the "continuing franchise chaos" on Britain's privatised railways.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:
"East Midlands Trains' lack of commitment to deal with our concerns over contractual issues such as compulsory Sunday working, wage discrimination and other matters is a total disgrace.
RMT members will not be left to pay a heavy personal prices as Stagecoach slash and burn their way through their remaining franchises in advance of getting banned from the railway by the DfT. It is an outrageous state of affairs.
As a result of this cavalier approach, RMT has confirmed an additional day of strike action in order to force the company take the issues seriously and start acting responsibly."