Strike action is likely to disrupt Metro services

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THE Metro is likely to be affected by pensions strike action on Wednesday.

Yesterday, the RMT union confirmed that members working for network operator DB Regio and transport authority Nexus have voted by large margins for strike action and action short of a strike.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “Top bosses’ pay has gone through the roof, opening up a gap between rich and poor not seen since Victorian times, while the men and women who provide essential public services are expected to stand back and watch the pensions that they have built up down the years take a battering.

“The hypocrisy of this Government, who are looking to hammer nurses, teachers and transport workers while they fill their boots at our expense, is breathtaking.”

He added: “Our members on Tyne and Wear Metro have shown that they are not going to sit back and take this outrageous attempt to consign them to a life of poverty in their old age.”

A Nexus spokesman said: “We will be able to tell passengers clearly by the end of this week what service will be available on Metro and the Shields Ferry in the event of a public sector strike going ahead on November 30.”

If it goes ahead, Nexus said there will be only a small number of operators at North East Traveline, and only a core number of Travelshops open, and that customers are advised to use the services on alternative dates if possible.

A spokesman added: “Commercial bus services are not affected by the day of action and will run as normal, though there will be limited Nexus staff at city centre bus stations.”