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Thousands of rail workers strike causing fresh travel misery

by LLB staff reporter
20th Jul 23 10:51 am

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) have walked out on Thursday causing wide spread disruption for rail passengers.

Station staff and train managers will strike again on Saturday and again on 29 July over a long running dispute over pay, conditions and jobs.

Commuters are being told to check their travel arrangements as strike action is taking place across 14 train companies.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said, “We’ve been on strike for over a year, this campaign’s probably been running for two years.

“The issues are the same. They’re attacking our jobs. They’re making redundancies. They’re closing services.

“We haven’t had a pay rise for four years and the people that remain, they want to cut our conditions and issue new contracts of employment.

“There is not an agreement in sight at the moment, but we remain available for negotiation with the companies and with the Government, but that’s up to them to invite us back to the table so that we can work up some solutions to the dispute.”

A Rail Delivery Group spokesperson said: “The rail strikes called by the RMT union and the overtime ban by Aslef will undoubtedly cause some disruption, affecting not only the daily commute of our passengers but also disrupting the plans of families during the summer holidays.

“This will lead to disappointment, frustration and financial strain for tens of thousands of people. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and understand the impact on individuals and businesses.

“While we are doing all we can to keep trains running, unfortunately there will be reduced services between Monday July 17 and Saturday July 29, so our advice is to check before you travel.”

A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “The Government has met the rail unions, listened to them and facilitated improved offers on pay and reform. The union leaders should put these fair and reasonable offers to their members so this dispute can be resolved.”

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