New strikes will “shut down” the rail network.

THOUSANDS of rail workers to leave as dispute over wages and working conditions rages on.

Members of the Aslef union announced this morning that they will shut down tooling on September 15.

And after a series of failed talks, the RMT said this afternoon it will now be joined by 40,000 of its members.

The RMT said it would “effectively shut down” the rail network.

Now a second strike day has been added on September 17th.

Minor delays were expected for Sussex leading up to this afternoon’s announcement – which are now expected to cause severe disruption, similar to the recent strikes a few weeks ago.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Our members have no choice but to continue this strike action.

The Argus: Brighton Railway Station during previous strikesBrighton Railway Station during previous strikes

“In the past few weeks, Network Rail and the EVU have shown little interest in offering our members anything new in order to reach a negotiated solution.

“Grant Shapps (Secretary for Transport) continues his dereliction of duty by staying in his bunker and preventing the rail industry from doing business with us.

“We will continue to negotiate in good faith, but employers and the government must understand that our industrial campaign will continue for as long as it takes.”

The members of the RMT and Aslef are also joined by those of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association.

Revised timetables for both dates are not yet known. New strikes will “shut down” the rail network.

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