Three days of nationwide train strikes in June confirmed the largest strike since 1989

The RMT union announced plans for June 21, 23 and 25 for the biggest industrial action in decades at Network Rail and 13 rail operators


Thousands of rail workers will go on a three-day strike later this month in the biggest industrial dispute since 1989.

The RMT union announced plans for nationwide train strikes at Network Rail and 13 other operators on June 21, 23 and 25 after a wage dispute broke out.

The union also announced another 24-hour strike on the London Underground in a separate series on jobs and pensions.

Subway workers will strike on June 21, coinciding with the first rail strike threatening widespread travel chaos.

The union said it was the largest strike at the railroad since 1989.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Railway workers have been treated appallingly and despite our best efforts in the negotiations, the rail industry, with support from the Government, has not taken their concerns seriously.

RMT boss Mick Lynch


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“We have a cost of living crisis and it is unacceptable that railway workers either lose their jobs or face another year of a pay freeze when inflation is at 11.1% and rising.

“Our union will now launch an ongoing campaign of industrial action that will shut down the rail system.

“Rail companies are making at least £500m a year in profits while fat cat rail bosses have been paid millions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This injustice fuels the anger of our members and their determination to reach a fair settlement.

“RMT is open to meaningful negotiations with rail bosses and ministers, but they must come up with new proposals to prevent months of disruption on our railways.”

Network Rail Chief Executive Andrew Haines said: “We continue to meet with our unions to discuss their pay issues and we are doing everything we can to avoid strikes on the railways.

“We know the cost of living has gone up and we want to give our people a raise, but the RMT needs to recognize that we are a public body and any raise must be affordable for taxpayers.”

He said the pandemic has changed travel habits forever

“Travel habits have changed forever, and railroads must change too. We cannot expect to take more than our fair share of public funds and as such we must modernize our industry to put it on a sound financial footing for the future will only lead to industry decline and further job losses in the long run to lead.

“There are still two weeks until the first strike is planned. We will use this time to continue speaking to our unions and hope to find a solution through compromise and common sense on both sides and avoid the damage that a strike would do to everyone involved.”

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