YORK Rail passengers face more disruption to their travel plans in September with news that tens of thousands of railway workers are to stage new strikes in a long-running dispute over wages, jobs and benefits terms.
The rail, maritime and transport union RMT said its members will leave on September 15 and 17 at Network Rail and 14 rail operators.
Operators include York-based LNER, which operates east coast main line services to London and Edinburgh, TransPennine Express, whose trains serve cities such as Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, Northern, whose services include the York-Harrogate and CrossCountry route, whose services from York serve cities such as Birmingham and Bristol.
The union said more than 40,000 of its members would strike, warning it would “effectively shut down” the rail network.
Members of the train drivers’ union Aslef will also leave 12 railway companies on September 15, threatening travel chaos across the country.
The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) has also announced that its members from nine rail operating companies as well as Network Rail (NR) will leave on September 26 at noon.
Talks between the RMT and the rail industry are ongoing, but there have been no breakthroughs or new offers from Network Rail or operators, the union said.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Our members have no choice but to continue with this strike action.
“Network Rail and the rail operating companies have shown little interest in recent weeks in offering our members something new so that we can reach a negotiated settlement.”
A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said: “Once again, union leaders are choosing coordinated and counterproductive strike action over constructive talks, not only disrupting the lives of millions of people who depend on these services, but jeopardizing the future of the railways and theirs. members’ livelihoods.
Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines said: “We want to give our employees a decent pay rise and we are doing everything we can to find a breakthrough in the talks.
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“Frustratingly, the RMT’s decision to call for further action means that we will again have to ask passengers to stay away from the railway on September 15 and 17, at a time when we should be focusing on construction of a railway fit for the 21st century, post-pandemic Britain.
Steve Montgomery, chairman of the Rail Delivery Group, said: “These strikes are cynically timed to cause maximum disruption to the very passengers on whom the industry depends for its recovery.
“From those left out of pocket because they can’t get to work, to people who miss vital appointments and to the thousands of children and young people who depend on the train to get to school , the actions of the union leadership have very real consequences.”
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