Rail strikes to continue next week after talks break down

A strike by more than 40,000 workers at Network Rail and 14 rail operating companies will continue next week after talks failed to resolve a bitter dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will leave on July 27, crippling rail services across the country. The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association announced a strike by its members at Avanti West Coast on the same day.

Mick Lynch, General Secretary of the RMT, said: “The strike will take place next Wednesday as planned, and our members are more determined than ever to get a decent pay rise, job security and good working conditions. .

“Network Rail has made no improvement on its previous wage offer, and the rail companies have offered us nothing new. In fact, Network Rail has upped the ante, threatening to impose mandatory redundancies and dangerous 50% reductions in maintenance work if we don’t withdraw our planned strike action.

“The railroad companies have put driver-only operations on the table, while trashing our members’ terms and conditions.

“RMT will continue to negotiate in good faith but we will not be intimidated or cajoled by anyone. The government must end its interference in this dispute so that the rail employers can reach a negotiated settlement with us.

Transport for London (TfL) said that although the industrial action did not involve its staff, varying degrees of disruption were expected on the District and Bakerloo underground lines, London Overground and Elizabeth Line, which all share sections of track with Network Rail. .

Andy Lord, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “I encourage customers to check before traveling as service levels will vary on different modes of transport and on different days. Alternative travel, including buses and other subway lines, will likely be much busier than usual.

Passengers should also expect disruption on the morning of July 28, with a later start to services as signaling staff return to work.

On July 30, members of Aslef, the drivers’ union, will go on strike at eight rail operators across the country.

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