Train interruptions today: Interruptions that continue after the talks fail to resolve the dispute

Train interruptions today: Interruptions that continue after the talks fail to resolve the dispute

Train interruptions today: Interruptions that continue after the talks fail to resolve the dispute

Union leaders have confirmed next week’s rail and subway strikes will continue after talks failed to resolve a bitter row over pay, jobs and conditions.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) said it had held high-level discussions with Network Rail, train operators and London Underground in recent weeks.

General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Despite the best efforts of our negotiators, no viable settlements have been reached for the disputes.”

He confirmed that the strikes at Network Rail and 13 train operators will continue on Tuesday, Thursday and the following Saturday, and on the London Underground on Tuesday.

The action of tens of thousands of railway workers will paralyze services for most of the week.

Mr Lynch said thousands of jobs on the rail networks are being cut and workers face wage increases below inflation.

“In the face of this massive attack on our people, the RMT cannot be passive,” the secretary-general said.

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Rail and tube strikes continue next week

Next week’s rail and subway strikes will continue after talks failed to resolve a dispute over pay, jobs and conditions, the RMT union announced.

Zoe TidmanJune 18, 2022 09:00

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All trains run during the rail strike

During the planned nationwide rail strikes for three dates at the end of June, only 22 percent of passenger train services will run – most on major connections to and from London.

According to the RMT, it is “the largest dispute on the network since 1989” and will involve 40,000 employees.

A senior rail source said the plan was to run “as decent rail service as we can.”

Only about half of the UK’s rail network will be open on strike days, from around 7.30am to 6.30pm.

At Network Rail, the infrastructure provider, 5,000 signalmen play the most crucial roles in the day-to-day management of the track.

Management and other staff are expected to cover about half of the network for about 11 hours a day. Many lines will not see trains.

Read the full story here.

Thomas KingsleyJune 18, 2022 07:00

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Watch: Minister begs striking railway workers to negotiate

Secretary of State Paul Scully previously pleaded with railway workers planning to strike next week to “get around the table” for negotiations.

Paul Scully begs railroad workers who plan to go on strike

Liam JamesJune 18, 2022 04:00

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NHS patients urged to plan ahead for appointments during railway strikes

NHS patients in England are urged to plan ahead for appointments as train strikes next week will cause travel chaos.

Ahead of the strikes, the NHS’s top doctors reminded people that “the NHS remains open”, when he called on people to seek care when needed.

Millions of people are seen and treated every week in the NHS.

The strikes could have a particular impact on London hospitals, many of which have limited parking capacity for those considering alternatively driving to their appointments.

The strikes not only affect patient appointments but could also hinder NHS staff’s commute.

Liam JamesJune 18, 2022 01:00

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Labor says ‘any strike is a failure’ ahead of rail action

Labor shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry said “any strike is a failure” as railway workers prepare for mass union action next week.

Ms Thornberry said it is the government’s responsibility to negotiate with railway bosses and listen to their concerns.

Liam JamesJune 17, 2022 22:21

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When will the train strikes start?

After members of the railway union RMT voted 8:1 in favor of strikes over jobs, wages and benefits, their union announced nationwide railway strikes for three dates in late June.

Union members of Network Rail and 13 train operators are organizing 24-hour strikes on June 21, 23 and 25.

What could be the effect? And are there other disputes ahead?

Simon Calderthe independent‘s Travel Correspondent, brings you the most important questions and answers:

When will the train strikes start?

With the upcoming strikes by Network Rail signalmen, only about 20% of the lines would be open to trains – many of which may not be running after all

Liam JamesJune 17, 2022 20:00

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Southeastern workers voted for more strikes in July

More railway workers should be voted in to strike amid escalating wage and job disputes, raising the threat of a summer of travel chaos.

The Transport Salried Staffs Association (TSSA) has urged hundreds of Southeastern workers to vote, saying it was demanding a guarantee of no redundancies, no unannounced changes to terms and conditions and a pay increase that reflects the rising cost of living.

Voting opens on June 23 and closes on July 11, so action can be taken from July 25.

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said: “Our members in Southeast are seeking fair, grassroots treatment in the face of a crippling cost of living crisis.

Rail workers were hailed as heroes during the pandemic and now they deserve a real wage increase to keep pace with inflation, rather than taking on the burden of the Tories’ economic collapse.

“Our demands are simple: a pay that fits the times in which we live, a deal that offers job security and no race to the bottom based on conditions.”

A Transport Ministry spokesman said: “The facts are clear: the average wage of railway workers is £44,000, which is about 70 per cent above the national average. Rail workers have seen above-average salary increases over the past decade.

“The industry is offering daily talks to resolve the strikes. We continue to encourage unions to take up that offer and negotiate a fair deal for workers.”

Liam JamesJune 17, 2022 18:30

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Grant Shapps: ‘Rail strikes meant to inflict damage at the worst possible time’

Next week’s rail strikes are “meant to cause damage at the worst possible time,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

The minister described the union action as an attempt to “derail critical reforms”.

Disputes have flared up over pay, jobs and conditions.

Speaking at a train depot in north London, Mr Shapps said: “These strikes are not just an attempt to derail reforms critical to the future of the network, they are designed to inflict damage at the worst possible moment. they are also an incredible act of self-harm by the union leadership.

“Make no mistake, unlike the past 25 years when rising passenger demand year after year was taken for granted by the industry, today the railway is in a battle.

“It doesn’t just compete with other forms of public and private transportation. It’s a battle with Zoom, Teams and remote working.

“In case the unions haven’t noticed, the world has changed.”

Read the full story below:

Thomas KingsleyJune 17, 2022 17:00

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Train Strikes, Flight Cancellations and Passport Issues – Travel Questions Answered by Simon Calder

Summer break is in full swing, but for travelers the range of potential problems seems to be multiplying – with wholesale flight cancellations, an imminent train strike across Britain and lingering problems with bureaucracy after Brexit.

Simon Calder addressed 11 pressing travel questions in his latest Ask Me Anything.

Thomas KingsleyJune 17, 2022 16:18

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GCSE and A-Level students told to seek alternative means of travel during the strike

Families of students taking GCSE and A-level exams next week have been advised to make alternative arrangements to attend school during the railway strikes.

On June 21, students who sit GCSE history or dance with AQA Examiners may be affected by the strikes, while on Thursday those who sit GCSE physics papers may be affected.

A-students studying German, religion or mathematics with this board could be affected by strike action on Tuesday 21, while students who are on paper A-level chemistry could be hindered from their journey to school on Thursday 23 June.

A total of 17 GCSE and 22 A-level papers could be affected by the strike action.

Headteachers have said that families should look at alternative arrangements to get their children to school on time.

Julie McCulloch, policy director at the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “We are concerned about the potential impact on graduating students from the union action affecting train services in June.

“The majority of students live near schools and colleges and tend to take buses rather than trains, so we hope the impact will be minimal,” she added.

“However, it is important that families are aware of the union action and make alternative arrangements if students are dependent on train services.

“We urge anyone concerned about their ability to attend an exam to speak with their school or university as soon as possible to discuss available options.”

Thomas KingsleyJune 17, 2022 3:37 PM