Rail workers take strike action over pay and jobs dispute

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash

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Members of the RMT rail union have confirmed they will be taking strike action and action short of a strike from Monday, May 25 in the current dispute over pay and jobs at Network Rail.

Members have agreed not to work any overtime, additional hours, extended shifts and will not undertake any call-outs between 12.01am on Monday and 11.59pm on Tuesday. They will take 24 hours of strike action by not booking on for duty on any shift from 5pm on Monday until 4.49pm on Tuesday.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members have decisively rejected the pay package offered by Network Rail and the failure of the company to make any moves whatsoever in light of the overwhelming vote in the ballot has left us with no option but to move to a rolling programme of industrial action.

“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 their job security. It is appalling that NR are refusing point blank to take this dispute seriously, to understand the deep-seated grievance felt by their staff and to come forward with a renewed offer which protects pay, jobs and safety.”