The RMT has announced four days of strike action by rail maintenance and signalling staff, beginning on 6th April 2010, in a dispute over proposals to cut 1,500 jobs and changes to existing working practices.
The union also announced a deadline of 5pm on Thursday 25th March 2010 for London Underground to withdraw the threat of cutting 800 jobs and closing ticket offices, failing which it said it will call a ballot for strike action and action short of a strike.
If you have staff who are going to be affected by the strikes you should consider your options so as to reduce the impact on your business. You should see if the staff can get to work by other means which may require you to alter their hours to accommodate this. Alternatively you could ask them to work at home or at different sites closer to home. So that they do not lose holiday they may want to work other times such as weekends to make up the time or work longer hours on other days. You could give staff the time off but this may be problematical and so you could ask that they take it as holiday.
There is no obligation on you to give the days off for free. If staff cannot get to work they should take it unpaid or as holiday.
Whilst I have sympathy with those members of staff who are affected you must also protect your business and keep it going to ensure it is not damaged too much by the strikes.
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