The RMT rail union says a third day of strike action will go ahead on East Midlands today.
The RMT has said franchise holder Stagecoach stands accused of "cutting and running" before they are "dumped" from the rail network in a row with the government over pension obligations.
The dispute is over East Midlands Trains (EMT) management’s alleged failure to bring a meaningful resolution to RMT members’ concerns over Pay Discrimination and Contract issues.
The union says staff are being expected to take the flack as Stagecoach and the DfT "fight it out" in the continuing franchise "chaos" that has been created by privatisation of Britain’s railways.
As a result all RMT EMT Senior Conductors have been instructed to take strike action between 00.01 hours and 23.59 hours today (Saturday 3rd August).
In addition to this industrial action, a further 24 hour strike has been announced on Saturday 17th August as the union ramps up its campaign.
RMT says it has made every effort to broker a negotiated settlement but say they have been "scuppered" at every attempt by the Stagecoach-owned company which the union say "has prioritised extracting every penny they can before they are kicked off the railways in light of the pensions scandal".
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“RMT Senior Conductors on East Midlands Trains have been forced to take further strike action tomorrow because of management’s intransigence and lack of commitment to deal with contractual issues such as compulsory Sunday working, wage discrimination and other matters.
“I want to congratulate our members for their magnificent show of strength during the last two weekends of rock solid action in their fight for decent working conditions and respect at work.
"They have shown that they will not be left to pay a heavy personal price as Stagecoach cut and run from their remaining franchises in advance of getting banned from the railway by the DfT.
“The union remains available for talks but in the meantime our EMT members stand firm in their fight for justice.”