general secretary Mick Cash said: "We have listened intently and considered the views of our NEMOL membership, who through democratic channels have made their position abundantly clear that they are prepared to fight for pay justice irrespective of being caught up in the cross-hairs of the government's 1% pay cap.
Mr Cash, of the RMT
, said: "We call on the City Region Combined Authority, led by the Metro Mayor, to suspend its own decision to support the removal of guards in order to allow talks to take place.
is preparing a ballot for industrial action for our Virgin Trains East Coast members.
statement said: "The only response the company has offered is to repeat the vague and non-committal mantra of 'within our discussions we have confirmed that the safety-critical duties of the guard will remain on the train'.
The statement said RMT
members voted 95 percent in favour of strike action.
To enable this, we have asked the RMT
to suspend all strikes and to encourage a return to normal working.
A Welsh Government spokesman said: "The Minister intends to meet RMT
to discuss their concerns.
rail strikes in 2010, ScotRail ran 95 per cent of services.
general secretary Bob Crow said: "The firm tolerated fascist messages but not the letters RMT
is now planning for a ballot for industrial action to protect jobs and services and an Early Day Motion has been tabled in Parliament by Gerald Kaufman MP, a member of the RMT
In a letter to Crow, Mike Brown has urged the RMT
to call off the industrial action, reassuring the RMT
of London Underground's commitment to 'abiding by the tribunal's ruling in respect of Mr Thomas.
Apologising for the inconvenience an ATW spokesman said: "We are disappointed that RMT
and its driver members have chosen to announce industrial action despite the significant pay offer which has been made.