Rail strikes to begin next week

Rail strikes are due next week.

Rail strikes are due next week.

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Rail strikes are back on after members of Britain’s largest rail union rejected a pay offer.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) said members will be taking 24 hours of industrial action from 5pm on Thursday, June 4 through to 4.59pm on Friday, June 5.

Union members voted in a ballot by 80% for strike action on a 60% turn out.

The strikes will cause travel chaos for thousands of passengers.

Employees had been due to walk out on Bank Holiday Monday but suspended action after an increased pay offer.

The workers, including signallers and maintenance staff, will also ban overtime from June 6-12.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Our representatives have today rejected the pay package offered by Network Rail and in the absence of any further movement from the company that has left us with no option but to move to a rolling programme of industrial action which will begin next Thursday.

“We have a massive mandate for action which shows the anger of safety-critical staff across the rail network at attacks on their standards of living and the blunt truth is that this dispute could be settled for a fraction of the money being handed out in senior manager bonuses and to the train operators for not running services. That is a ludicrous situation which should never have been allowed to have arisen.”