Cornwall news Rail workers striking to protect jobs and improve conditions UK news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - 'It's about educating the public about the bigger picture because if nothing is done now it will only get worse in the years to come'

Cornwall news Rail workers striking to protect jobs and improve conditions UK news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - 'It's about educating the public about the bigger picture because if nothing is done now it will only get worse in the years to come'

Cornwall news  Rail workers striking to protect jobs and improve conditions UK news
21 June 2022 - 11:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Rail workers out on strike in Cornwall today say they are fighting to protect jobs and improve pay. RMT union members have been picketing outside train stations around the UK, causing mass disruption to the country's transport network. The industrial action has seen Cornwall cut off from the rest of the UK as all services in the Duchy were cancelled over fears it would lead to mass chaos. Some services are still running in the rest of the UK but rail passengers have been warned not to travel by train today, Thursday and Saturday - the three days when strike action is taking place - as there could be serious disruption and delays to the service. RMT members picketing outside Penzance train station this morning said they felt cuts being made to the workforce, plus changes to their working conditions and a lack of improved pay, were behind their decision to take action. Read our blog on the strike action here. Speaking outside the train station, a member of the group, who did not want to be named, said: "We're here to defend jobs. Network Rail is trying to make cuts throughout the whole company the most important ones being to ticket offices. At first they were going to cut thousands and now they're going to aim to get rid of them in the next 18 months which means there will be several job losses there. "A little while ago, they announced a redundancy scheme and that was the first effort to get rid off everybody, so it's going to be a case of people leaving and they will not re-employ anyone. There are also proposed cuts to our terms and conditions like our pensions which are going to take a big hit and our retirement age is going to be pushed even further. The last one is pay. We haven't had a pay rise for a few years now and with inflation going up to 11 per cent now, we're just looking to get an increase on that." He added that reports saying everyone at the company gets at least £40,000 were no way near true. He said: "That's the average including all the higher up managers and the CEO of the company. Some of them are on six-figure salaries, closer to seven figures with the bonuses." He warned that future strike actions had not been ruled, adding: "We may be on strike again but we're not the only who are out. The rail signallers and things like that are also out on strike who are crucial to the railways. After that it could be the drivers as well because there will be an attack on their terms and conditions too. Most drivers are not in RMT but are with Aslef and, while people think it's all about drivers, it's not at the moment, so it could be a case of if it's not us it could be another trade union and it will be the same thing all over again until something gets done about it." GWR said passengers should only travel by rail if absolutely necessary but warned that there will be no trains in Cornwall.

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. Services will start later and finish earlier throughout the strike period. A spokesperson for the firm said: "On strike days, an extremely limited service will operate between 7.30am and 6.30pm. On non-strike days, no services will run before 7am. The spokesperson added: "We will operate as many trains as possible during the strike action however, most train services will be affected on the days announced. Due to the timing of the strike action, services in between strike days will also be affected. Get the best stories about the things you love most curated by us and delivered to your inbox every day. Choose what you love here "Where we are able to run services, they are expected to be extremely busy. We are not able to provide bus replacement services." Fuel protests are also being planned for this week with drivers blockading petrol stations along the A30 in protest at the high prices for fuel, which is in part driving the costs of living for many people. There is also a planned protest to bring the Tamar Bridge to a standstill. To the the thousands of rail passengers who are being inconvenienced by the industrial action this week, the RMT member said: "At the end of the day the public has to realise that they are going to be in on this as well. It's not just going to be the railways. We might be the start of it, but we know the Post Office are supportive of us and could be out on strike as well. With the NHS only getting 1 per cent pay rise they might think we're asking for a bit much. I think they should have asked for more. We have all been classed as key workers during the Covid pandemic. "We're asking the public to come and speak to us and not believe everything they read online because some of the figures can be misconstrued as something that's not true. It's about educating the public about the bigger picture because if nothing is done now it will only get worse in the years to come." Read More Related Articles Cheeky Falmouth pilot trashes Heathrow airport in hilarious passenger announcement Read More Related Articles Cornwall Council needs more money to pay for change to fortnightly bin collections

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