New strike date set by railway union in dispute over wages, jobs and working conditions

In the bitter dispute over wages, jobs and working conditions, RAIL employees are said to be on strike again, while travel chaos threatens at the height of the summer holidays.

Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) members at rail companies and Network Rail will be phased out for 24 hours on July 27.

Union leaders made the announcement after rejecting a new offer from Network Rail that they described as “paltry”.

The offer included a four percent salary increase backdated to January, an additional two percent next year, and an additional two percent subject to the achievement of “modernization milestones.”

The RMT said it has not yet received a salary offer or job loss guarantees from train operating companies (TOCs).

The RMT said it will consult with other unions that have given mandates for strike action amid talk of coordinated strikes in the coming days.

Members of the drivers’ union Aslef and the Transport Employees’ Association (TSSA) at railway companies have spoken out in favor of industrial action in recent days.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “The Network Rail offer represents a real pay cut for our members and the modest amount is contingent on RMT members agreeing to make drastic changes in their working lives.

“We’ve made progress on forced redundancies but Network Rail is still trying to impoverish our members when in some cases we’ve won double their bid from other rail operators.

“The railway companies remain stubborn and reject any new offer that involves job security and pay.

“Strike action is the only way we have to show both the rail industry and the government that this dispute will continue until we reach a negotiated settlement.

“The public bothered by our strike action needs to understand that it is the government’s shackles on Network Rail and the TOCs that mean the rail network will be shut down for 24 hours.”

The RMT conducted three strikes in the past month that paralyzed services across the country. New strike date set by railway union in dispute over wages, jobs and working conditions

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