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PremierLeague-News.Com - The three-day walkout will be Britain’s most widespread industrial action this century, reducing services by around 80 per cent
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Strikes have begun across Britain’s rail network after last-ditch talks between unions and rail bosses failed on Monday.The three-day walkout will be Britain’s most widespread industrial action this century, reducing services by around 80 per cent.People are being advised not to travel on strike days, and that services will be disrupted for the rest of the week.But if you do need to travel, here’s what you need to know about the strikes, and how best to navigate them.When are the strikes?The strikes are planned for:Tuesday 21 JuneThursday 23 JuneSaturday 25 JuneOn Tuesday 21 June, up to 50,000 workers across Network Rail, 13 train operators and London Underground are due to walk out.On Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June, about 40,000 rail operators – but not London Underground staff – will strike.Trains will start later and finish much earlier than usual, between 7.30am and 6.30pm.Passengers who must travel are urged to plan to ensure that they can complete their journeys within this window, with last services from London to Scotland, for example, leaving in the early afternoon.Here are a selection of last train times between London and other major cities.From London to:Edinburgh – 2pmLeeds – 3.05pmNewcastle – 3.43pmBirmingham – 3.40pmManchester – 2.56pmLiverpool – 3.31pmSheffield – 3.31pmNottingham – 4.09pmBristol – 4.33pmBrighton – 5.50pmNorwich – 4.30pmSouthampton – 5pmTo London from:Edinburgh – 1.30pmLeeds – 3.45pmNewcastle – 2.59pmBirmingham – 3.50pmManchester – 2.47pmLiverpool – 3.47pmSheffield – 4pmNottingham – 4.
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.30pmBrighton – 5.29pmNorwich – 4pmSouthampton – 4.59pmNational Rail has updated its journey planner for the strike days. It advises using the planner – which you can find here – if you need to travel.The knock-on effect of the disruption is likely to be felt throughout the rest of week, it has been warned.Many operators will be running reduced services, and those that run are expected to be busy due to people avoiding travelling on strike days.Which railways will be affected?Thirteen operators on the national network are expected to be affected:Avanti West CoastChiltern RailwaysCross Country Trainsc2cEast Midlands RailwayGreater AngliaGreat Western RailwayLNERNorthern TrainsSouth EasternSouth Western RailwayTransPennine ExpressWest Midlands TrainsMore on Rail StrikesHow the Government's plan to ease strike disruption could encourage yet more walkouts21 June, 2022Train stations deserted as biggest rail strike in 30 years gets under way21 June, 2022PM set to call for 'sensible compromise' to shield passengers from rail chaos amid strikes20 June, 2022Why are workers striking?The RMT says this is the biggest outbreak of industrial action in the industry for a generation.Union members voted overwhelmingly for action last month in a disputes over pay and job losses.The RMT said rail staff who worked through the pandemic were facing pay freezes and hundreds of job cuts.Mick Lynch, the RMT’s general-secretary, said: “Railway workers have been treated appallingly and despite our best efforts in negotiations, the rail industry with the support of the Government has failed to take their concerns seriously.“We have a cost-of-living crisis, and it is unacceptable for railway workers to either lose their jobs or face another year of a pay freeze when inflation is at 11.1 per cent and rising.“Our union will now embark on a sustained campaign of industrial action which will shut down the railway system.”He added that the union was “open to meaningful negotiations with rail bosses and ministers, but they will need to come up with new proposals to prevent months of disruption on our railways”.He said the union will “run this campaign for as long as it takes to get a settlement” – possibly for more than six months.The RMT is seeking a pay rise of at least seven per cent, in line with the cost of living.“We have to fight this because we haven’t had any pay rises, we are faced with thousands of job cuts and they want to rip up our terms and conditions in a form of hire and re-hire that is internal to the railway,” Mr Lynch said.“If there is not a settlement we will continue our campaign. I think there are going to be many more unions balloting across the country because people can’t take it any more.”Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has described the strikes as “incredibly disappointing”.He told the Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme:”I think it is a huge act of self-harm to go on strike at the moment.“I don’t believe the workers are anywhere near as militant as their unions who are leading them up the garden path. They are gunning for this strike. It is completely unnecessary.”How much do rail workers earn?One part of the negotiation is over pay. The average salaries for rail workers according to the Office for National Statistics are:Rail travel assistants including ticket collectors, guards – £33,310Rail construction and maintenance workers – £34,998 Rail transport workers including signallers and drivers’ assistants – £48,750Train and tram drivers – £59,189 Rail and rolling stock builders and repairers – £46,753The RMT union says the average pay for rail workers including cleaners and excluding drivers (most of whom are represented by a different union) is £33,000, and this is a more accurate picture of the average pay of those going on strike.
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