Rail workers at 14 train operators and Network Rail set to strike on two further days in August

RMT members at Network Rail and 14 train operators will strike for two further days in August in the row over jobs, pay and working conditions

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RMT members will walk out on August 18 and 20, the union has announced.

The biggest rail workers’ union has announced two further strikes this summer in the worsening dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.

The union previously announced a strike for July 27, the day before the Commonwealth Games opens in Birmingham.

Andrew Haines, chief executive of Network Rail, said: “By announcing even more strike dates, the RMT has dropped any pretence that this is about reaching a deal.

Trains will grind to a halt during the strikes
Trains will grind to a halt during the strikes
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch

“It’s clear the best interests of passengers and our staff are taking second place to the union’s bosses’ political campaign.“

But RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch hit back, noting: “The rail industry and the Government need to understand that this dispute will not simply vanish.

“They need to get serious about providing an offer on pay which helps deal with the cost-of-living crisis, job security for our members and provides good conditions at work.

“Recent proposals from Network Rail fell well short on pay and on safety around maintenance work.

“And the train operating companies have not even made us a pay offer in recent negotiations.

“Now Grant Shapps (Transport Secretary) has abandoned his forlorn hopes for the job of Prime Minister, he can now get back to his day job and help sort this mess out.

“We remain open for talks, but we will continue our campaign until we reach a negotiated settlement.”