Olympics train strikes 'possible'
The possibility of train strikes causing major disruption during the London Olympics has moved a step closer after employees at four companies were balloted over separate disputes.
Employees at South West Trains (SWT), Greater Anglia and First Great Western who are members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have started voting this week in a dispute about a bonus for working during the Olympics.
And 500 members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) on the West Coast line are voting whether to strike after a union rep was suspended by Virgin Trains.
The RMT ballots close on July 19 and the TSSA ballot ends the day before, with the TSSA warning that any action could take place during the Games.
Sports fans visiting the capital for the Olympics might consider alternative transport options, such as private coach hire, if there is a risk the train network will be severely affected due to the disputes.
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