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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Train passengers in Cornwall are in for another day of misery after rail strike talks with the government failed. All trains into Cornwall stopped on Tuesday when the first of three days of industrial action took place. While some services ran patchily around the country, train operator GWR announced it would not run any service this side of the Tamar river on those days as it preferred to cancel all trains rather than run disrupted services. Following the first day of strikes, talks resumed between the Government and the RMT union which represents Network Rail workers to try and find a solution. However those talks have now failed meaning the planned second day of industrial action will go ahead on Thursday June 23 - meaning that again Cornwall will be shut off from the rest of the country. The RMT accused Transport Secretary Grant Shapps of “wrecking” negotiations by refusing to allow Network Rail to withdraw redundancy threats. Read more: Penzance rail workers say they are striking to 'defend jobs' and improve conditions Mr Shapps called the claim “a total lie”, adding the union was solely to blame for the “massive disruption”. A Network Rail source told the BBC there had been little progress in Wednesday’s talks and, if anything, the union’s position appeared to have hardened. No new pay offer was made. Mick Lynch, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) workers’ union, said: “Grant Shapps has wrecked these negotiations by not allowing Network Rail to withdraw their letter threatening redundancy for 2,900 of our members. Until the government unshackle Network Rail and the train operating companies, it is not going to be possible for a negotiated settlement to be agreed.
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. Network Rail’s chief negotiator Tim Shoveller said about 1,800 jobs were expected to be cut but the vast majority” would be through “voluntary severance and natural wastage”. The government-run rail infrastructure company is also asking the RMT to enter talks on “dumping outdated working practices and introducing new technology”. The RMT is calling for a pay rise of at least 7% to offset the cost of living crisis, as inflation hits 9.1% and is forecast to reach 11% in the autumn. Employers have offered a maximum of 3%, on condition that the union accepts new working practices. But rail employers said they had suffered a loss of income, with passenger numbers only at 80% of pre-pandemic levels. Thursday’s strike is set have a similar impact to the first day of industrial action, with half of the network closed and only 20% of services running. But Tuesday’s Tube strike in London is not due to be repeated. The second day of strikes will also coincide with a yellow Met Office weather warning for a thunderstorm across much of southern England, which could further hamper travel plans. READ NEXT: Fern Britton opens up about her single life in Cornwall Cornwall's 'tropical paradise beach' you'll never visit because it's a hoax Cornwall taxi driver loses licence after being caught with phone at the wheel Sadness as the 'best restaurant in Cornwall' closes Huge RAF transporter plane spotted flying low over Cornwall
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