Rail workers to hold three days of strike action

Railway workers will walk out on strike next month after rejecting a pay offer.

By Sam Cooper
Thursday, 28th May 2015, 4:42 pm
Members of the RMT Unon have voted to go on strike
Members of the RMT Unon have voted to go on strike

Members of the RMT Union will hold a 24-hour strike from 5pm on Thursday, June 4 and a 48-hour stike from 5pm on June 9.

They will also not do any overtime from June 6 until June 12.

Staff had been due to walk out last week in the row over pay, but the union’s executive suspended the action when Network Rail offered a new deal.

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Union representatives met on Thursday to discuss the offer but it was rejected, leading to the announcement of fresh strikes.

Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said: “Our representatives have rejected the pay package offered by Network Rail and in the absence of any further movement from the company that has left us with no option but to move to a rolling programme of industrial action which will begin next Thursday.

“We have a massive mandate for action which shows the anger of safety-critical staff across the rail network at attacks on their standards of living.

“The blunt truth is that this dispute could be settled for a fraction of the money being handed out in senior manager bonuses and to the train operators for not running services.

“That is a ludicrous situation which should never have been allowed to have arisen.

“RMT remains available for talks and we hope the company will appreciate the anger amongst staff at the current offer on pay and conditions.”