Tens of thousands of British railway workers are set to strike again in a long-running dispute over wages, jobs and working conditions.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) said its Network Rail members and 14 train operators would exit on September 15-17.
The union said more than 40,000 of its members will go on strike and warned against “effectively shutting down” the rail network.
A series of breaks in the bitter, deadlocked series have already been held.
Talks between the union and the rail industry are ongoing but there has been no breakthrough or new offers from either Network Rail or the operators, the union said.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Our members have no choice but to continue this strike action.
“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 [the transport minister] 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 news follows announcements by Aslef and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association of strike action by their members in the coming weeks.
A Department for Transport spokesman said: “Once again, union leaders are choosing self-destructive, coordinated strike action over constructive talks, not only disrupting the lives of millions of people who depend on these services, but also endangering the future of the railways and their own livelihoods of members .
The dispute comes as the ruling Conservatives elect a new Prime Minister, with Liz Truss the clear favourite.
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