RMT Members who work for 14 railway companies will stage a new strike on June 2 during the middle of the school term in a longstanding dispute over wages, jobs and conditions, the union announced.
The widespread disruption will prompt 20,000 rail catering workers, train managers and station staff to take action as passengers face further travel chaos due to three strikes in just four days.
Members of the Aslef train drivers union have already announced plans to strike on May 31 and June 3, a day when thousands of passengers will face disruption on their way to the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Manchester City at Wembley, as well as those attending the Epsom Derby in Surrey.
RMT’s announcement comes on the same day that the National Education Union warned that teachers will stage further strikes in July if their longstanding dispute over pay is not resolved by mid-June.
However, in a rare relief for Britons today, a planned strike by workers on London’s Elizabeth line has been called off.
The RMT said it found Rail Delivery Group’s “previous offer and associated conditions unacceptable and despite contact between the parties since the May 13 strike.”
RMT members who work for 14 railway companies will strike again on June 2 in the long-running dispute over wages, jobs and conditions, the union announced. Pictured: RMT leader Mick Lynch joins members on the picket line outside Euston on May 13.
Lynch (pictured during the strike on May 1) said “Ministers can’t just push this dispute away.”
It comes on the same day that the National Education Union announced that teachers will stage new strikes in July if their longstanding pay dispute is not resolved by mid-June. In the photo: Dr. Mary Bousted, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Education
Union general secretary Mick Lynch said: ‘Once again the government is not allowing Rail Delivery Group to make an improved offer that we can consider.
‘Therefore, we have to continue our industrial campaign for a negotiated agreement on jobs, wages and conditions. Ministers cannot just wish this dispute would go away.
‘They underestimate the strength of feeling to our members who have just given us a new 6 month strike mandate, they continue to support the campaign and the action and are determined to see it through until we get an acceptable resolution.
“The government now needs to unblock the RDG and allow them to make a bid that can be put to a referendum by our members.”
The 14 operators involved in the RMT disputes have been Chiltern Railways, Cross Country Trains, Greater Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Great Western Railway, Northern Trains, South Eastern, South Western Railway, Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Trains, GTR (including Gatwick Express).
It comes as RMT workers voted to strike for another six months earlier this month, paving the way for a second ‘summer of discontent’ on the railways. Aslef has also vowed to continue the strike, which means tourists and travelers face more chaos.
In response to the latest action, an RDG spokesperson said: “In recent discussions with the RMT, we have continued to support the industry-level fair dispute resolution proposal agreed line-by-line with their bargaining team, which would have resolved this dispute and given our lowest paid staff a raise of up to 13%.
‘By calling for more strikes, RMT management has chosen to prolong this dispute without ever giving its members a chance to weigh in on their own offer.
Thousands of rail passengers will be affected as unions plan three strikes in four days.
Members of the Aslef train drivers’ union had already planned strikes for May 31 and June 3.
The new RMT strike will come on the weekend of the FA Cup final, with Aslef train conductors targeting the actual match day of June 3.
RMT members took the picket line for the last time on Saturday in a move that was condemned, even by its own workers, because it coincided with the Eurovision Song Contest (pictured) in Liverpool.
‘Instead, they will be subject to even greater payment loss due to industrial action, customers will suffer further disruption and the industry will continue to suffer great damage at a time when rail is taking more than its fair share of taxpayers. to keep the trains running. post-Covid.
“We remain open and willing to engage in talks at a national level so that we can secure a pay increase for our people and the long-term future of an industry vital to the British economy.”
RMT members took the picket line for the last time on Saturday in a move that was condemned, even by its own workers, because it coincided with the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool.
Now their latest strike will come during the middle of the school term, and on the same weekend as the FA Cup final.
A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said: “It is extremely disappointing that, for the second time in a month, RMT has decided to call strikes on the same weekend as the Aslef strikes, doing everything possible to travel by train to the end of the FA Cup”. Epsom Derby and a tougher music concert series for thousands of people.
The Department for Transport criticized the RMT for targeting the FA Cup Final and the Epsom Derby.
It comes as RMT workers voted to strike for another six months earlier this month, paving the way for a second ‘summer of discontent’ on the railways.
The transport secretary and the railway minister have facilitated the talks and there is still a fair and reasonable offer on the table, but the actions of the RMT executive committee will cause its members to lose money through strikes, rather than having the opportunity to vote on the offer. and put an end to this dispute.
As the British faced the prospect of a disruption on the Elizabeth line this month, members of the Transport Salaried Staff Association (TSSA) called off a strike today on 24 May.
The union said it had received a revised wage proposal from Rail for London Infrastructure and will now consult members.
TSSA interim organizing director Mel Taylor said: “We have had a very constructive meeting and as a result TSSA has agreed to call off the planned May 24 strike.”
‘This will allow our teams to fully digest the changes and allow for further consultation and discussion in the coming days. ‘We certainly do not take the strike lightly, but we have made this progress as a result of the action we have taken and plan to take.
Elizabeth Line staff work weekends, evenings and even on Christmas Day. They are multi-skilled and operate the world’s only fully digital railway, but many earn significantly less than the salary paid to other Transport for London staff in similar roles.
“Clearly, that is not an acceptable or tenable position and it appears that the company is waking up to the fact.”