Merseyrail guards, members of the RMT union, are to strike on Friday 25 March and for 48 hours on Friday and Saturday 8–9 April in a dispute over the implementation of a 35-hour week.
RMT members voted by 20 to one to take action after rejecting “unacceptable” strings attached to proposals for a 35-hour week.
“The company is giving with one hand and taking away with the other,” RMT general secretary Bob Crow said.
“Merseyrail want our members to pay for their 35-hour week with more restrictive rostering and, worse leave arrangements and an attack on sick-pay.
“Our members have been waiting for four years for this issue to be resolved.”
In the ballot of around 170 RMT members, there were 104 votes for strike action and five against. RMT is due to meet Merseyrail soon.