Rail union calls 
ballot for strike 
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Rail workers in Scotland are to be balloted for strikes over alleged victimisation of an employee, raising the threat of action over Christmas.

The Rail Maritime and Transport union claimed one of its members at ScotRail was sacked for trying to help a passenger buy the correct ticket. Ballot papers were sent out today and voting will close on November 29.

The union said Scott Lewis was dismissed for allegedly making “unwanted contact” with the passenger.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “Scott Lewis has been victimised and sacked for trying to help a passenger within the written procedures set out in ScotRail’s own policies in what is an absolute travesty of justice.

“RMT will not sit back and watch while our members are picked off in this fashion by a management who think that they can fire staff without a single shred of evidence to support their case.”

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