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Thursday, 25 July, 2002, 10:53 GMT 11:53 UK
Strike 'casts shadow' over Games
Arriva train
The Arriva dispute is now in its seventh month
Rail services to the opening day of the Commonwealth Games are being disrupted by striking rail conductors.

Conductors from Arriva Trains Northern are staging their latest one-day walk-out in a dispute which has been running since January.

Arriva said the action by the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) cast a "negative shadow" over the Games.

But the union said the action had been forced on it because of the company's "war of attrition and dictatorial attitude".

'Maximum damage'

Pickets who have congregated at Newcastle, York, and Leeds stations during previous strikes were gathered outside Manchester Piccadilly railway station.

The strike is the conductors' 16th day of action as part of their campaign for a substantial pay rise, and coincides with a 48-hour stoppage by Arriva retail staff.

Arriva said more than 75% of its network would have services running, but the union said most of these were replacement bus services.

Statiion platform
Passengers across the North face cancellations

Train company managing director Ray Price said: "The union has purposely chosen a key date for the region and the sporting calendar to cause disruption.

"I have no doubt that the union has selected this date to cast a negative shadow on an event which is a showcase for Manchester."

RMT regional organiser Stan Herschel said: "We are seeking to cause maximum damage to Arriva, not the public or Commonwealth Games.

"We are being forced to take these continued actions because of Arriva's war of attrition and dictatorial attitude, which means they refuse to enter into any sort of proper negotiations."

Conductors are unhappy that drivers were given an 18% pay rise while they have been offered a lower rate.

The company has offered the RMT a 4% pay rise and said drivers had been given a higher increase because they had accepted productivity measures.


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