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27 Jul 2022

Geneva Abdul, The Guardian

UK: More than 40,000 rail workers strike as union rejects 'paltry' 4% pay rise offer from Network Rail

"Train strikes: UK railways disrupted again as workers take action over pay and conditions", 27 July 2022

The railways will again grind to a halt...as workers strike over pay, job security and working conditions.

The latest talks to avert the action failed last week, a month since three days of industrial action in June. The strikes involve more than 40,000 workers at Network Rail, 14 train companies, and members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT).

Transport for London services will be affected by the disruption as it uses sections of track that comes under Network Rail’s jurisdiction...

“Network Rail have not made any improvement on their previous pay offer and the train companies have not offered us anything new,” said the RMT general secretary, Mick Lynch. “The government need to stop their interference in this dispute so the rail employers can come to a negotiated settlement with us.”

The strike comes after union leaders rejected a “paltry” offer of a 4% pay rise for the remainder of 2022 from Network Rail, and a possible 4% next year if workers accepted changes in working conditions...

After the strike announcement, Network Rail accused the union of “walking away” from talks and said the action could have been avoided. “It’s now abundantly clear that their political campaign is taking precedence over representing their members’ interests,” said Tim Shoveller, Network Rail’s lead negotiator...