New RMT walkout means three new train strikes in four days

New RMT walkout means three new train strikes in four days

RMT members are to stage a contemporary strike on 2 June in a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and dealing situations.

The strike will see 20,000 prepare managers, caterers and station workers all stroll off the job.

There shall be three rail strikes inside 4 days with Aslef prepare drivers strolling out on 31 Could and three June, the day of the FA Cup last.

The federal government mentioned the RMT had gone “out of their means” to make life tough for hundreds.

The stoppages are additionally prone to trigger disruption for a lot of in the course of the half time period college break.

The RMT mentioned no new proposals had been put ahead by the prepare corporations because the union’s final strike motion on 13 Could.

Normal secretary Mick Lynch mentioned the federal government was not permitting the Rail Supply Group (RDG) to make an improved provide within the nationwide dispute.

Trade negotiators had been “blindsided” when the RMT turned down their newest provide in April. There was a disagreement over whether or not the RDG had gone again on its proposals – one thing it strongly denied.

On Thursday, the prepare corporations’ group mentioned it had continued to face by its “honest” proposal, and mentioned the RMT management had chosen to “to lengthen this dispute with out ever giving their members an opportunity to have a say on their very own provide”.

Aslef’s walkouts are actually extra disruptive than the RMT’s, as a result of settling the separate Community Rail dispute in March means signalling workers are not concerned.

Nonetheless, RMT members have backed strike motion probably into the Autumn.

The federal government and trade argue the railway is financially unsustainable, and dealing practices want to alter to allow a pay rise.

Unions argue jobs and situations are being attacked and the wage will increase on the desk are far beneath inflation.

“Ministers can not simply want this dispute away,” the RMT’s Mick Lynch mentioned.

On Thursday the federal government known as once more for the union to permit its members to have a vote on what it described because the “honest and cheap provide” tabled by the RDG.

A spokesperson for the Division for Transport additionally mentioned: “It’s extraordinarily disappointing that for the second time in a month, RMT has determined to name strikes on the identical weekend as Aslef, going out of their strategy to make travelling by prepare to the FA Cup last, Epsom Derby and various music live shows tougher for hundreds of individuals.”

The 14 prepare corporations affected by the RMT’s ongoing strike motion are: Chiltern Railways, Cross Nation Trains, Higher Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Nice Western Railway, Northern Trains, South Jap, South Western Railway, Transpennine Specific, Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Trains and GTR (together with Gatwick Specific)

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