Rail staff threatened for wearing ‘save our ticket offices’ stickers, says RMT

Railway workers are reportedly being threatened with disciplinary action for wearing stickers as part of a campaign to save ticket offices from closing.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union warned of industrial action if members were disciplined for promoting the campaign.

It is encouraging the public to sign petitions and take part in consultations over plans to close around 1,000 ticket offices.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said in a letter to train operator LNER that he had received “very disturbing reports” of members being sent home without pay.

He wrote: “Threatening staff who are fighting for their futures and the services they provide in this way is a disgraceful tactic to use.

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“I can advise you that any moves to discipline any RMT member for having a simple statement on a sticker will be met with a full industrial response.”

He added that a meaningful consultation process would include “allowing staff whose future employment is threatened to voice their opinions”.

“I, therefore, ask that… you will assure your staff their democratic right to have their opinion heard on this extremely important matter will be respected.”

The union claims it has also received reports of campaign materials being removed from stations. A public consultation on the proposed closures ends today.

A spokesperson for LNER said: “It’s an internal matter.”

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