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New RMT walkout means three new prepare strikes in 4 days

RMT members are to stage a contemporary strike on 2 June in a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and dealing situations.

The strike will see 20,000 prepare managers, caterers and station employees all stroll off the job.

There shall be three rail strikes inside 4 days with Aslef prepare drivers strolling out on 31 Might and three June, the day of the FA Cup closing.

The federal government mentioned the RMT had gone “out of their manner” to make life troublesome for hundreds.

The stoppages are additionally prone to trigger disruption for a lot of through the half time period faculty break.

The RMT mentioned no new proposals had been put ahead by the prepare firms because the union’s final strike motion on 13 Might.

Common secretary Mick Lynch mentioned the federal government was not permitting the Rail Supply Group (RDG) to make an improved supply within the nationwide dispute.

Trade negotiators had been “blindsided” when the RMT turned down their newest supply in April. There was a disagreement over whether or not the RDG had gone again on its proposals – one thing it strongly denied.

On Thursday, the prepare firms’ group mentioned it had continued to face by its “truthful” proposal, and mentioned the RMT management had chosen to “to lengthen this dispute with out ever giving their members an opportunity to have a say on their very own supply”.

Aslef’s walkouts are actually extra disruptive than the RMT’s, as a result of settling the separate Community Rail dispute in March means signalling employees are now not concerned.

Nonetheless, RMT members have backed strike motion probably into the Autumn.

The federal government and business argue the railway is financially unsustainable, and dealing practices want to vary to allow a pay rise.

Unions argue jobs and situations are being attacked and the wage will increase on the desk are far beneath inflation.

“Ministers can’t simply want this dispute away,” the RMT’s Mick Lynch mentioned.

On Thursday the federal government known as once more for the union to permit its members to have a vote on what it described because the “truthful and cheap supply” tabled by the RDG.

A spokesperson for the Division for Transport additionally mentioned: “It’s extraordinarily disappointing that for the second time in a month, RMT has determined to name strikes on the identical weekend as Aslef, going out of their strategy to make travelling by prepare to the FA Cup closing, Epsom Derby and plenty of music concert events harder for hundreds of individuals.”

The 14 prepare firms affected by the RMT’s ongoing strike motion are: Chiltern Railways, Cross Nation Trains, Higher Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Nice Western Railway, Northern Trains, South Japanese, South Western Railway, Transpennine Categorical, Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Trains and GTR (together with Gatwick Categorical)