Network Rail has warned passengers to prepare for “significantly disrupted” journeys due to strikes in early January 2023.
This came as members of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) staged a 24-hour strike at CrossCountry from 9pm on Boxing Day.
Separately, TSSA members will be on strike on Great Western Railway from Wednesday noon (28 December to 11.59am on Thursday (29 December)) and on West Midlands Trains from Wednesday noon to Thursday noon.
That strikes are part of a long-running campaign for a guarantee of no redundancies, no incompatible changes in working conditions and a salary increase that reflects the rising cost of living.
Solidarity with our CrossCountry members who are on strike tonight from 9pm
Railway workers demand fair basic treatment: no dismissal; a fair salary increase despite the inflation crisis & no compromises on the conditions
— TSSA (@TSSAunion) December 26, 2022
network rail has urged people to plan ahead and check before they leave, as “work measures mean rail services will be significantly impacted in December and January”.
The union TSSA is convinced of that strikes staffing will severely affect the services of CrossCountry, which covers much of the country from Penzance, through the Midlands, Wales and Northern England to Scottish cities and up to Aberdeen in the north.
TSSA Organizing Director Nadine Rae said, “Our members at CrossCountry don’t want that beatespecially during the Christmas holidays, but they’re tired of being taken for granted.
“They deserve a raise to deal with the escalating cost of living and they are right to demand job security.
“The company, like all rail operators under the control of the Ministry of Transport, must face the fact that only serious offers that meet our requirements will end this dispute.”
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A Department for Transport spokesman said: “After two years of virtual Christmas, the British public deserve better than to have their festive celebrations marred strikes.
“The Transport Secretary and the Railway Secretary have worked hard to facilitate a fair and reasonable offer which two unions have accepted and it is incredibly disappointing that some are continuing to do so beat.
“We urge you to step down, reconsider and come back to the table so we can begin 2023 by ending this damaging dispute.”
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