During what many consider ‘Summer of Discontent’ saw industrial action across a wide range of sectors in Britain, with lawyers, postal workers and airline workers all voting to strike over wages and conditions.
However, some of the most disruptive strikes saw transport unions pull out, including members of the RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers), TSSA (Transport Salaried Staffs Association) and ASLEF (Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen). ) all act.
Now it looks like the strikes will continue into the autumn, with some planned for this month.
However, the planned strikes for today (November 7) have been called off as RMT said it had secured “unconditional” talks with Network Rail.
The union, which represents 80,000 workers, will now enter a “period of intense negotiations” with the company and rail operators.
That means No rail strikes are planned for today.
“The current dispute remains very much alive and the union is continuing with its re-election of members to a new mandate for action, the outcome of which is expected on November 15,” the RMT added.
Tim Shoveler, Chief Network Rail Negotiator, warned commuters not to return to canceled travel plans.
“It is good news that the RMT has called off their strikes, but the very late announcement means services cannot resume for tomorrow and will remain extremely restricted, and while we and our train company partners are there over the weekend will be able to change Monday’s “strike schedule” only to a limited extent,” he said.
“Our advice remains, please inquire before you start your journey as well as on Saturday and Monday and only travel by train in an absolute emergency.”
The National Rail Inquiries page has all the latest information on rail disruptions today – be sure to visit it to find out if your journey is still being delayed.
In a separate litigation TfL and London Overground (Arriva Rail London) are on strike Thursday 10th November.
Mick Lynch, General Secretary of RMT, said earlier this month: “Throughout this dispute, the Rail Delivery Group has been completely unreasonable in failing to offer our members an agreement on pay, conditions and job security.
“Some of our rail company members are some of the lowest paid on the railroad.
“This is in stark contrast to railroad bosses making millions in profits.
“We remain open to meaningful discussions, but we remain steadfast in our industrial campaign to reach a negotiated settlement for all of our members in this dispute.”
In response, a spokesman for Rail Delivery Group said: “We are frustrated that the RMT leadership has decided to take further strike action.
‘Given their recent call for ‘intense negotiations’ we had hoped they would give our staff and customers a much needed break from the disruption and lost wages of the past five months.
“Rather than causing unnecessary long-term harm to the industry we all want to see thrive, we are asking the RMT to recognize the very real financial challenge facing the railroad and work with us towards a fair deal that includes both a pay rise and a… a raise encompasses the long overdue changes we need to make to improve service to our customers.’
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