Friday, 3 Feb 2023

More Christmas rail strikes announced starting from December 24

People traveling home for Christmas are facing extra chaos as fresh train strikes are announced.

RMT members will stage an extra walk-out on Network Rail from 6pm on Christmas Eve until 6am on December 27.

Two 48-hour strikes next week will definitely go ahead, the union also confirmed today.

It comes amid a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

The latest offer from Network Rail (NR) will be presented to union members, with a recommendation to reject it.

The RMT said there had been no improved offer from the train operating companies, claiming they still awaited a mandate from the government.

Strikes on 14 train companies will go ahead next week although talks will be held with the Rail Delivery Group on Tuesday.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said it was unfortunate that the union had been ‘compelled to take this action due to the continuing intransigence of the employers’.

He said: ‘We remain available for talks in order to resolve these issues but we will not bow to pressure from the employers and the Government to the detriment of our members.’

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