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PremierLeague-News.Com - Members of the RMT Union at Network Rail (NR) and 13 train operators are striking again today
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Rail workers are striking for a second time this week after last-ditch talks between the union leaders and rail companies failed to make a breakthrough. Around 40,000 members of the RMT Union at Network Rail and 13 other train operators walked out on Thursday as a bitter dispute about jobs, pay and working conditions rumbled on. It's the largest industrial action on the railways in over 30 years. During the first walk-out on Tuesday only one in five trains were running, disrupting millions of journeys. The third and final strike of the week is planned for Saturday. The RMT has accused Transport Secretary Grant Shapps of 'wrecking' the latest negotiations. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Grant Shapps has wrecked these negotiations by not allowing Network Rail to withdraw their letter threatening redundancy for 2,900 of our members. READ MORE: 'I've been a Northern train guard for nearly 30 years - here's why I'm striking' "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. We will continue with our industrial campaign until we get a negotiated settlement that delivers job security and a pay rise for our members that deals with the escalating cost-of-living crisis." Mr Shapps hit back, saying the RMT claim was a 'lie'. A Rail Delivery Group spokesperson: "With passenger numbers still at only 80% of pre-pandemic levels the industry remains committed to giving a fair deal on pay while taking no more than its fair share from taxpayers. We can only achieve that by making improvements – like offering better services on a Sunday – that reflect the changing needs of passengers so we can attract more back. "We call on the RMT leadership to continue to talk so that we can secure a thriving long-term future for the railway and its workforce. Our advice to passengers remains the same, only travel by rail if absolutely necessary, check before you travel and make sure you know the time of your first and last trains." Follow our liveblog for all the latest updates on how the strikes is affecting services in Greater Manchester..
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.07:50Paul BrittonVideo from VictoriaShare07:48Paul BrittonWaterloo station, LondonA passenger in Waterloo Station, central London (Image: PA)Share07:47Paul BrittonNo trains from VictoriaShare07:46Paul BrittonGovernment announces law change over agency workersThe Government announced plans to change the law to enable businesses to supply skilled agency workers to plug staffing gaps during industrial action.Ministers pointed out that, under current trade union laws, employment businesses are restricted from supplying temporary agency workers to cover for strikers, saying it can have a “disproportionate impact”.The Government said the legislation will repeal the “burdensome” legal restrictions, giving companies affected by strike action the freedom to tap into the services of employment businesses which can provide skilled, temporary agency staff at short notice.Network Rail welcomed the move but Labour and unions condemned it as a “recipe for disaster”.Share07:45Paul BrittonImages from deserted stationsEmpty platforms at Newcastle this morning (Image: PA)The strike has entered its second day (Image: PA)Share07:38Paul BrittonManchester Victoria 'eerily quiet' on second day of train strikesShare07:34Paul BrittonNetwork Rail plea for passengers to check train timesShare07:32Paul BrittonRMT accuses Grant Shapps of 'wrecking negotiations' The RMT accused Transport Secretary Grant Shapps of “wrecking” negotiations.RMT general secretary Mick Lynch 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.“We will continue with our industrial campaign until we get a negotiated settlement that delivers job security and a pay rise for our members that deals with the escalating cost-of-living crisis.”Mr Shapps hit back, saying the RMT claim was a “lie”.Share07:31Paul BrittonSecond day of rail strikes beginsTrain services are being disrupted across Britain as thousands of railway workers stage their second strike of the week.Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail and 13 train operators walked out after talks failed to resolve a bitter row over pay, jobs and conditions.Just one in five trains will run on Thursday, and lines will only be open between 7.30am and 6.30pm, meaning services will start later and finish earlier than usual.Trains will mostly be restricted to main lines, with around half of the network closed.Share
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