Friday, June 14, 2024

Rail strike: RMT union votes for national action

RAILWAY workers have voted to go on national strike threatening major summer travel disruption across the UK reports the BBC.

Members of the RMT union have voted in favour of strike action across Network Rail and 13 train operating companies.

General secretary Mick Lynch said “members want a decent pay rise, job security and no compulsory redundancies”. 

The Department for Transport said strikes should always be the last resort not the first.

A spokesperson said: “It is hugely disappointing and premature that the RMT is calling for industrial action before even entering discussions.”

The RMT union said its leaders would meet to discuss a timetable for strike action from mid-June. 

“We sincerely hope ministers will encourage the employers to return to the negotiating table and hammer out a reasonable settlement with the RMT,” said Mr Lynch.

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