Dozens join the picket line at Brighton railway station as rail strikes continue

DOZENS of people joined the picket line at Brighton Railway Station this morning in support of the ongoing strike action.

Rail travelers are suffering from new travel misery as tens of thousands of workers strike again in the longstanding dispute over wages, jobs and working conditions.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) and Unite went out for 24 hours on Saturday, affecting Network Rail and a number of rail companies across the country.

Workers and supporters joined the picket line in Brighton this morning, holding up flags and signs.

The Argus: Picketing outside Brighton Station this morning. Photo credit: alpha6photographyPickets outside Brighton Station this morning. Photo credit: alpha6photography

Only about one in five trains are expected to run on Saturday, with some areas having no service throughout the day as unions stage their second break in three days.

Train traffic on Sunday mornings will also be affected by the consequences of the campaign.

Southern and Thameslink are warning passengers to only travel if necessary.

The disruption affects football and cricket fans, tourists and holidaymakers, among others.

The sides are as far apart as ever on resolving the dispute despite months of talks aimed at breaking the deadlock, with union anger mounting at Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ refusal to engage in negotiations.

The strike follows a strike on Friday by London Underground workers and some bus drivers in the capital over separate disputes that caused travel chaos.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch dismissed suggestions that rail workers would agree to the current offer on the table if the union voted on it.

Asked at BBC Breakfast on Saturday whether he had evidence to the contrary, Mr Lynch said: “In any event, I held a meeting in an online rally on Wednesday night the night before 14,000 RMT members went on strike, and our members are demonstrating today.

“I speak to thousands of our members every week, we consult at least 600 Network Rail representatives every week and we know exactly how our members are feeling.” Dozens join the picket line at Brighton railway station as rail strikes continue

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