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Three extra UK rail strike dates introduced by RMT Union in July

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Additional industrial motion has been introduced for July by the UK’s Nationwide Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Staff (RMT), as a part of an ongoing dispute with Practice Working Corporations (ToCs) over situations, pay and involuntary redundancies.

At the very least 20,000 RMT members working throughout 14 prepare working firms are anticipated to take strike motion on 20, 22 and 29 July.

The vote got here after the union stated no up to date pay supply or negotiation proposals have been shared by the ToCs or central authorities (which holds the operators’ contracts) since earlier walk-outs. 

RMT basic secretary Mick Lynch stated: “This newest section of motion will present the nation simply how essential railway workers are to the operating of the rail business. 

“My workforce of negotiators and I can be found 24/7 for talks with the ToCs and authorities ministers.”

In response to the strikes, the UK’s Division for Transport (DfT) stated it has “performed its half” by making pay presents and referred to as on the RMT to “do the proper factor”. 

A spokesperson from the DfT stated to Railway Expertise: “The RMT management’s resolution to name strikes… will disrupt individuals’s plans throughout the nation. After a yr of business motion, passengers and rail staff alike are rising bored with union bosses enjoying politics with their lives. It’s excessive time the union leaders realised that strikes now not have the impression they as soon as did and are merely driving individuals away from the railway.

“This authorities has performed its half by facilitating honest and cheap pay presents that may see beneficiant will increase for rail staff. Union leaders ought to do the proper factor and provides their members an opportunity to vote on these pay presents.”

However Lynch and the RMT dispute the standard of the presents made and identified that members have voted repeatedly to resume the “strike mandate” required beneath UK regulation. 

Mick Lynch added: “Our members have now voted 3 times to take strike motion over the past 12 months – the newest of which coincided with having the total particulars of the substandard supply from the rail operators. 

“They voted by 9 to 1 to resume their strike mandate and RMT will proceed its industrial marketing campaign till we attain a negotiated settlement on pay, working situations and job safety.”  


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