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Rail News: Issue 358 20 Mar 2009

RMT accuses South West Trains of ‘dirty campaign’ to beat strike

James Dark

South West Trains has denied accusations from the RMT that it fought a “dirty campaign” to head off strikes in a dispute over plans to cut 660 jobs.

After a ballot which the union said was “narrowly against strike action”, general secretary Bob Crow accused the company of intimidating staff. “SWT fought a dirty campaign, refusing to implement a pay increase, which would have adversely affected redundancy pay, and scaring people into believing their severance money...

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