rail strikes are set to continue over the holidays after Network Rail Workers turned down a salary offer today.
The dispute will continue as members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) will now push two 48-hour strikes at Network Rail – and 14 train companies – starting Tuesday and Friday.
According to the RMT, 63.6% voted in favor of rejection Network Rail paid offer with a turnout of 83%.
Secretary General Mick Lynch said: “This is a massive rejection of Network Rail’s substandard offer and shows our members’ determination to take further strikes to reach a negotiated settlement.
“The government refuses to lift a finger to stop these strikes and it is clear they want to make effective strike action illegal in the UK.
“We will fight back and our members, along with the wider union movement, will continue to campaign for a fair deal for workers, decent wage increases and good working conditions.”
December rail strikes
Trains will run from 7.30am to 6.30pm on this week’s strike days, although many parts of the country are left without services, including most of Scotland and Wales.
— RMT (@RMTunion) December 12, 2022
A strike by Unite members at Network Rail will not take place after they vote to accept the offer.
Network Rail had offered a 5% pay rise this year – backdated to January – a further 4% at the beginning of 2023 and a guarantee that no forced labor would be lost until January 2025.
The board of directors of the RMT recommended rejecting the offer because it would involve “significant” changes in labor practices.
RMT workers at Network Rail will also be on strike from 6pm on Christmas Eve until 6am on December 27th.
Passengers wishing to travel on Christmas Eve will likely be asked to complete their journey before the industrial action begins.
The RMT said the salary offer came with thousands of job losses, a 50 percent cut in scheduled maintenance duties and a 30 percent increase in unsocial hours.
Network Rail said it will seek to enforce these “adverse” changes from December 15, the union said.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23186513.christmas-rail-strikes-two-48-hour-strikes-go-ahead-week/?ref=rss Christmas rail strikes: Two 48-hour strikes this week