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17 Aug 2022

Author:
Nadeem Badshah, The Guardian

UK: Tens of thousands of workers across rail, tube & bus services strike over pay, jobs & working conditions

"Rail strikes: Britons face three more days of disruption from Thursday", 17 August 2022

Commuters and other travellers are facing further disruption over three days from Thursday on rail, tube and bus services, as tens of thousands of workers begin the latest round of strike action.

Network Rail, several train companies, London Underground and buses in the capital will be hit by industrial action due to long-running disputes over pay, jobs and conditions...

On Thursday, members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail (NR), workers from 14 train operators, Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) union members at seven companies and Unite members at NR will strike. This will have a knock-on effect on rail services on Friday morning.

Also on Friday, members of the RMT and Unite working on the tube will strike, as well as Unite members on London United bus routes in the capital in a separate dispute over pay.

On Saturday rail workers will strike again, along with London United bus drivers, which will also affect Sunday morning train services.

The RMT general secretary, Mick Lynch, said...

“Network Rail have not made any improvement on their previous pay offer and the train operating companies have not offered us anything new,” he said. “Tube bosses are having secret negotiations with the government about cutting costs by slashing jobs and undermining working conditions and pensions.

“Network Rail is also threatening to impose compulsory redundancies and unsafe 50% cuts to maintenance work if we did not withdraw strike action. The train operating companies have put driver-only operations on the table along with ransacking our members’ terms and conditions.”...

TSA members taking action include staff working in ticket offices, stations, control rooms and engineering, as well as planning, timetabling and other support roles. The union is seeking guarantees that there will be no compulsory redundancies, a pay rise in line with the cost of living, and no unilateral alterations to job terms and conditions...

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