Uk News Dates of this week's RMT rail strikes and how long disruption will last United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - The UK is set for further railway chaos after millions were affected by the largest walkout in decades on Tuesday

Uk News Dates of this week's RMT rail strikes and how long disruption will last United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - The UK is set for further railway chaos after millions were affected by the largest walkout in decades on Tuesday

Uk News  Dates of this week's RMT rail strikes and how long disruption will last United Kingdom news
22 June 2022 - 13:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Train services in Britain continue to be disrupted after workers went on strike on Tuesday amid a bitter dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.Millions of people were affected by the national walkout of RMT union members, which coincided with a 24-hour strike of London Underground workers.The action caused travel chaos across the country, with journeys taking longer and roads rammed with traffic as people switched to cars or buses to get to work. Disruption to continueAlthough strikes are not taking place on Wednesday, just 60 per cent of trains will run.Services started later than normal as trains were delayed leaving depots, due to Network Rail signallers and control room staff who would usually have worked overnight shifts taking part in Tuesday’s strike.Some operators will also wind down services earlier than normal tonight in preparation for tomorrow’s walkout.Further strike actionFurther strike action will take place on Thursday, with a third walkout of the week planned for Saturday.On strike days about half of Britain’s rail network will be open, while 20 per cent of services will run, according to Network Rail.Passengers at Paddington station were held back until train services restarted on Wednesday morning following the RMT strike on Tuesday (Photo: Ashlee Ruggel/PA)Trains will also start later and finish earlier than usual.The strikes are expected to impact services on Friday and Sunday too as a knock-on effect of trains being out of action.Network Rail has published a special timetable for June 20 to 26.Talks between the RMT union and Network Rail will resume later in a bid to resolve the dispute and prevent further action from going ahead.Why is the rail strike happening?RMT members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action last month in a campaign for better job security, conditions and pay.It comes as rail bosses attempt a shake-up of the rail network after the Covid-19 pandemic transformed passenger behaviour.About 40,000 RMT members at Network Rail and 13 train operators are involved in the industrial action.RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said the turnout at picket lines on Tuesday was “fantastic” and had exceeded expectations.He said: “Our members will continue the campaign and have shown outstanding unity in the pursuit of a settlement to this dispute.

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.“Now is the time to stand up and fight for every single railway worker in this dispute that we will win.”A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “These are desperately needed reforms that modernise the railway and put it on a sustainable footing for passengers and taxpayers.“Unions have shut down big parts of the rail network, hitting local businesses and unfairly cutting people off from hospitals, schools and work.“However, early data shows that unlike in the past, many people now have the opportunity to work from home, so we haven’t even a rush to the roads, as traffic has instead gone online, which means the unions aren’t having the overall impact they might have hoped.”King’s Cross was packed on Wednesday morning as services struggled to get up and running (Photo: James Manning/PA)Is there support for the strike?A majority of people believe the rail strikes are justified, one opinion poll suggests.A survey of more than 2,300 people by Savanta ComRes found that 58 per cent said the industrial action was justified.Younger adults aged 18-34 (72 per cent) and Labour voters (79 per cent) were more likely to see the strikes as justified compared to those aged 55 and above, (44 per cent) and Conservative voters (38 per cent).Three out of five of those polled said they were generally supportive of the principle of industrial action, while just 35 per cent were generally opposed.Could there be further strike action this summer?Mr Lynch has warned that Network Rail and train operators have been toughening their stance rather than looking for compromise, with more strike action likely as a result.He also said other unions might join in co-ordinated action if no agreement is reached.When asked if people should expect a “long fight” with rail disruption well into the autumn, he told i: “That may have to be the way that is, I hope that’s not the case, but there doesn’t seem to be much evidence at the moment that it’s going to go any other way.More from NewsSpanish aristocrat with illegal arsenal of weapons killed wife then himself22 June, 2022Self-isolation advice explained and what to do if you test positive as cases rise22 June, 2022Polio found in UK for first time since 1984 as Government declares national incident22 June, 2022“The TSSA [union], which represents about 6,000 Network Rail staff is balloting. Aslef, which along with us organises train drivers, has about six or seven ballots being returned on July 11 – just a few weeks away. If there’s no settlement I can only see this escalating.”Boris Johnson has put the public on notice for further strike action as Downing Street said it would “not give in” to demands from the rail unions.Mr Johnson warned commuters they must be ready to “stay the course” and urged rail bosses and unions to agree on a modernisation package to safeguard the future of the industry.

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