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Meta: Train and tube strike today: Biggest strike in 30 years begins as last-ditch talks fail

The biggest rail strikes in three decades began on Tuesday after last-ditch talks failed to resolve a dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

Half of Britain’s rail lines will be closed on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday when members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) and Unite walk out over pay, jobs and conditions.

The strikes will cause chaos and disruption for millions of people across the country including commuters, tourists and children attending exams.

Services on the railways and London Underground were crippled from midnight. Talks were held into Monday afternoon but the sides remain deadlocked over a deal.

The RMT said the train operators have now made an offer and there is no further offer from Network Rail following one which was rejected last Friday.

General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Faced with such an aggressive agenda of cuts to jobs, conditions, pay and pensions, RMT has no choice but to defend our members industrially to stop this race to the bottom.

Meanwhile, transport secretary Grant Shapps has denied that he is “the problem” in relation to rail strikes and called for the unions to sit down with employers.

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Grant Shapps dismisses calls for government to intervene

Grant Shapps has dismissed growing calls for the government to get involved in talks over rail strikes as a “stunt”, amid growing tensions over the biggest industrial action on the network in decades.

Condemning the industrial action set to take place this week, the transport secretary warned the country’s biggest rail union it would be a “huge act of self-harm”, and claimed they had been “gunning” for action.

He also suggested freight services could be reduced to 50 per cent of normal levels due to the disruption expected by the strikes at Network Rail and 13 other train operators on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar21 June 2022 06:03

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Rail strikes set to paralyze travel network

Britain’s biggest rail strike in three decades began on Tuesday with tens of thousands of staff walking out in a pay dispute that unions warn could lead to coordinated action across other industries.

More than 50,000 rail workers will strike on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday over pay freezes and job cuts.

The rail strike means only around half of Britain’s rail network will be open on strike days with a very limited service running on those lines.

It is expected to cause major disruption for millions of people across the country including commuters, tourists, children attending exams and revelers traveling to the Glastonbury festival.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar21 June 2022 05:40

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NHS braces for disruption to patients caused by rail strike

The NHS “remains open”, leading medics have said as the health service prepares for the disruption caused by rail strikes.

Patients have been urged to plan ahead for appointments and hospitals have made arrangements to ensure staff will be on-site, including setting up park-and-ride services and taxi-sharing facilities.

While buses are still operating it is expected these will be busier than usual due to the strikes.

Rail worker strikes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are set to cause travel disruption across the country. Meanwhile, strike action will also disrupt the London Underground on Tuesday.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar21 June 2022 05:39

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PM to call for ‘sensitive compromise’ to end stalemate

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call for a “sensitive compromise” on pay to end the largest rail strike in three decades.

Ahead of Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, the prime minister will argue the unions are “harming the very people they claim to be helping”.

“Too high demands on pay will also make it incredibly difficult to bring to an end the current challenges facing families around the world with rising costs of living,” he will say, according to Downing Street.

“Now is the time to come to a sensible compromise for the good of the British people and the rail workforce.”

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar21 June 2022 04:53

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Agencies tell Boris Johnson to drop ‘worrying’ plan to use their staff to break strikes

Boris Johnson’s plan allow the use of agency staff to break strikes will break In the international commitments, recruiters have warned.

The head of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which represents more than 3,000 agencies, also warned the idea would fail to avert the rail strikes and would only “prolong” the bitter dispute.

The confederation joined with the TUC in a joint call on business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng to drop plans to repeal the ban – introduced in 1973 by Edward Heath’s Conservative government – ​​as a ‘Summer of Discontent’ looms. The union body warned that the move would breach international labor laws.

joe middleton21 June 2022 04:00

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Nick Ferrari tells train workers to ‘be footballers’ if they don’t want to work on railways

Nick Ferrari tells train workers to ‘be footballers’ if they don’t want to work on railways

joe middleton21 June 2022 03:40

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Rail strikes to go ahead after last ditch talks fail to resolve dispute, RMT says

The rail strikes are to go ahead after last ditch talks failed to resolve a dispute over pay, jobs and conditions, the RMTunion said.

Half of Britain’s rail lines will be closed on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday when members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) and Unite walk out over pay, jobs and conditions.

Services across the UK will start to be affected from Monday evening, with just one in five trains running on strike days, primarily on main lines and only for around 11 hours.

joe middleton21 June 2022 02:50

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Government admits it has still had zero meetings with rail unions on eve of strike

The government is facing criticism after admitting it has still had zero meetings with unions on the eve of Britain’s biggest rail strike in a generation.

Ministers have been accused of a “dereliction of duty” after deciding not to intervene in talks between unions and employers, despite calls for them to play a role.

The Department for Transport confirmed on Monday afternoon ahead of the strike that ministers did not believe it was their responsibility to wade into the dispute.

joe middleton21 June 2022 01:40

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Rail strikes: Minister says rail operators, not government, need to drive reform

Rail strikes: Minister says rail operators, not government, need to drive reform

joe middleton21 June 2022 00:50

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Rail strikes: How much are train workers paid?

Rail workers are going on strike this week over pay and redundancies, with planned stoppages on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday expected to cause disruption throughout the week.

As well as avoiding redundancies across the industry, the RMT says workers’ wages should keep up with inflation, which has soared to a record 40-year high of 9 per cent.

If they are unsuccessful, the wages of workers on the railway would be set to fall in real terms.

Many workers across the economy with less bargaining power face this prospect in the coming months, but as rail workers have managed to unionize, they are well-placed to try and keep the value of their wages.

joe middleton20 June 2022 23:50

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