Another day of travel misery is underway as unions continue their campaign of strikes – and more to come this weekend.
Network Rail workers, major rail companies, the London Underground and buses in the capital will all leave in the coming days.
It’s part of a long-running dispute over pay and terms that’s been going on throughout the summer with no end in sight.
On Thursday, Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members at Network Rail and 14 train operators, Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) members at seven companies and Unite members at NR will go on strike.
This will affect rail traffic on Friday morning.
Also on Friday, members of the RMT and Unite on the London Underground, as well as Unite members on London United’s bus routes in the capital, will disembark in a separate dispute over pay.
On Saturday, RMT members at Network Rail and 14 train operators, TSSA members at seven companies and Unite members at NR will strike again along with London United bus drivers.
Sunday morning train service will be affected by the knock-on effect of Saturday’s action.
Only around a fifth of the rail traffic will run on Thursdays and Saturdays between 7.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. before the network is completely closed in the evening.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch has defiantly insisted the strikes continue until a better deal is made to its members.
The union leader had accused the government of “interfering” in the negotiation process and said he would not “condone being harassed or tricked into accepting an unfair deal for our members”.
He said: “Network Rail hasn’t improved what it has been paying for, and the railway companies haven’t offered us anything new.
“Tube bosses are secretly negotiating with the government to cut costs by cutting jobs and undermining working conditions and pensions.
“Network Rail is also threatening forced layoffs and an uncertain 50% cut in maintenance if we don’t withdraw strike action.
“Rail operators have put rider-only operations on the table and scoured our members’ terms and conditions.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the union was acting together and was “hellbent on inflicting as much misery as possible on the same taxpayers who have found £600 a household to ensure not a single railway worker loses his job during the pandemic”.
Network Rail Chief Executive Andrew Haines said: “It saddens me that we have to once again ask passengers to stay off the rails for two days this week due to unnecessary strikes, when we should be helping them enjoy their summers.”
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/08/18/train-strike-begins-again-and-will-spread-to-london-tube-and-buses-17203622/ The train strike has started again and will spread to the London Underground and buses