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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Railway workers are to stage a series of 48-hour strikes in December and January in the long-running dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.The strikes are the latest of a series of walkouts organised by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) in 2022, which have seen services reduced by around 80 per cent at points. Unions across the country have been calling for better pay for their members amid the cost of living crisis, with inflation now at a 40-year high of 11.1 per cent.Here’s what you need to know.When are the strikes?More than 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union across Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will strike on 13, 14, 16 and 17 December and on 3, 4, 6 and 7 January. There will also be an overtime ban across the railways from 18 December until 2 January, meaning RMT be taking industrial action over four weeks in total.The walkouts will disrupt travellers in the run-up to Christmas and those heading to major events such as comedian Peter Kay’s comeback shows in London on 16 and 17 December.What has the RMT said?A statement from the RMT said: “Despite every effort made by our negotiators, it is clear that the Government is directly interfering with our attempts to reach a settlement.“The union suspended previous strike action in good faith to allow for intensive negotiations to resolve the dispute.“Yet, Network Rail have failed to make an improved offer on jobs, pay and conditions for our members during the last two weeks of talks.“At the same time, Rail Delivery Group, representing the train operating companies, have also broken a promise to make a meaningful offer on pay and conditions and even cancelled negotiations that were due to take place yesterday.”Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT, joins other union members on strike at a picket line outside Euston railway station in London (Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters)The RMT’s general secretary, Mick Lynch, said: “This latest round of strikes will show how important our members are to the running of this country and will send a clear message that we want a good deal on job security, pay and conditions for our people.
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.“The employers are in disarray and saying different things to different people, sometimes at the same time. This whole process has become a farce that only the new secretary of state can resolve. When I meet him later this week, I will deliver that message.“In the meantime, our message to the public is, we are sorry to inconvenience you, but we urge you to direct your anger and frustration at the Government and railway employers during this latest phase of action. “We call upon all trades unionists in Britain to take a stand and fight for better pay and conditions in their respective industries.“And we will seek to co-ordinate strike action and demonstrations where we can. Working people across our class need a pay rise and we are determined to win that for our members in RMT.”More from NewsIran’s footballers could face punishment for silent protest, diplomats warn22 November, 2022Opinion | Brexit is failing because Remainers have shaped it22 November, 2022Owen Paterson sues government in EU court for damaging 'good reputation' in lobbying scandal22 November, 2022What have Network Rail said?A spokesman for Rail Delivery Group, which represents Network Rail, said: “We made real progress over the last fortnight of talks and for the first time in months we can see the outline of a credible deal.“Further strikes, especially in the run up to Christmas, will disrupt the first normal festive season our passengers have been able to look forward to since the Covid pandemic, taking even more money out of the pockets of railway staff, and will cause huge damage to the hospitality and retail sectors dependent on this time of the year for their businesses.“We owe it to them to stay round the table.“Industrial action has already cost the industry millions in lost revenue, is stalling its post-pandemic recovery and threatening its long-term sustainability.“We are asking the RMT to stay at the negotiating table, work with us towards a fair deal and end a dispute that is harming passengers, the industry, and their members.”
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