The rail companies are planning the biggest attack on their employees’ pay and working conditions for 20 years, in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis.
Despite making huge profits, Network Rail and the train operating companies have subjected their staff to multiyear pay freezes and plan to cut thousands of jobs which will make the railways unsafe.
The RMT has not been able to secure a pay proposal nor a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies in its talks with the rail companies.
In May Railway workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action across Network Rail and the train operating companies, in the biggest endorsement for industrial action by railway workers since privatisation. 71% of those balloted took part in the vote with 89% voting in favour of strike action and only 11% voting against.
Three days of national strike action across the railway network are planned for later this month (June). Over 50,000 railway workers will walkout and shut down the country’s railway network on 21st, 23rd and 25th June.
In a separate dispute over pensions and job losses, London Underground RMT members will take strike action on June 21st.
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