Thousands of rail workers set to strike in July
News / Fri 23rd Jun 2023 at 09:32am
THOUSANDS of rail workers will strike on three days in July as part of a long-running dispute about pay and conditions reports the BBC.
Strikes at 14 rail firms have been called on 20, 22 and 29 July, the RMT union said.
It said negotiations with rail firms and the government had stalled.
But train operators said the action was “totally unnecessary” and urged the union to put the latest pay offer to its members.
Previous strikes in the dispute have caused widespread disruption.
Unions are pushing for more pay as the cost of living rises rapidly, but rail firms have said they will not pay more without concessions on conditions.
The RMT said 20,000 of its members, including guards, train managers and station staff, would walk out after train operators did not make a new offer.
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The best policy is to assume the railways are not functioning until told otherwise these days.
poor train drivers 36 to 60 k a year on a 35 hour week
In a democratic society workers have a right to withdraw their labour after a secret ballot meeting strict thresholds. The passengers, workers and the general public don't get a vote on directors' salary, nor on shareholders' dividends and certainly not on profits sent abroad to subsidize rail transport in European countries. Now that is the real scandal and rip-off.
Oh, I forgot to mention that passengers, workers and the general public don't get a vote on directors' bonuses, whereas a state sanctioned democratic process is regularly undertaken by rail unions.
I completely agree, David. Withdrawal of labour is a fundamental right, but I still think assuming that the railways aren't functioning until you are told otherwise is a good policy. I now refuse to take the train if I need to visit a specific site for work - I drive by default and that level of stubbornness has saved me many times the past year or so.
It’s funny how some people think that companies should not be allowed to do what they want with their profits. Imagine the uproar if we were told what to spend our wages on, which are the profits of our labour.
Guy, it’s funny to think that even though we are told what to spend our money on? The current rate of inflation affecting millions of people and MP’s & The Bank of England Governor can only say “people need to learn to go without”. Not necessarily fair is it when we are ones who keep the cogs turning and just about make ends meet. Meanwhile directors of firms take in big fat pay checks.