In a fierce disagreement over employment, wages, and conditions, railway employees have decisively chosen to strike, risking severe disruption to the network in the coming weeks. Members of the Rail, Maritime, and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail, as well as 15 train operators, approved the start of a strike campaign.
According to the union, Network Rail plans to remove at least 2,500 maintenance positions, while railway workers have faced wage freezes, job threats, and assaults on their terms and conditions. The action was panned by the government and the training sector, which described it as “hugely disappointing and premature.”
When Will the Rail Strike Take Place?
The Union’s Officials Must Now Decide Whether to Organize Strikes, Which Would Shut Down Large Sections of The Network.
According to The Rmt, This Is the Largest Endorsement of Railway Employees for Strike Action Since Privatization in The 1990s. The Union Will Now Demand that Network Rail and The 15 Train Operating Firms Have Urgent Negotiations.
“today’s Overwhelming Support by Railway Workers Is a Validation of The Union’s Strategy and Sends a Clear Message that Members Want a Good Wage Hike, Job Security, and No Forced Redundancies,” Rmt General Secretary Mick Lynch Said.
“our Nec Will Now Meet to Examine a Strike Schedule Beginning in Mid-June, but We Truly Hope Ministers Will Push Businesses to Return to The Negotiation Table and Reach a Sensible Agreement with The Rmt.”
How Will Trains in The United Kingdom Be Affected?
Whenever a Walkout by Network Rail Signallers Occurs, It Will Have a Substantial Effect on Services.
Trains May only Operate for A Portion of The Day, Such as From 7 A.M. to 7 P.M., and Only on Key Routes. Services Might Be Cut to Around a Sixth of What They Are on Weekdays.
According to Reports, if The Strikes Go Forward, They Would Cost the Train Sector Roughly $30 Million per Day. According to The Union, Network Rail Plans to Remove at Least 2,500 Maintenance Positions as Part of A £2 Billion Decrease in Network Funding, While Railway Workers Have Had Wage Freezes Despite Rising Inflation. A total of 71% of Those Who Were Polled Participated in The Vote, with 89 Percent Voting in Favor of Strike Action and 11% Voting Against It.
More than 40,000 Rmt Members Were Polled, and the Those Working for the list are below:
- Network Rail.
- Chiltern Railways.
- Cross Country Trains.
- Greater Anglia
- East Midlands Railway.
- C2c, Great Western Railway.
- Northern Trains.
- South Eastern.
- South Western Railway.
- Transpennine Express.
- Avanti West Coast.
West Midlands Trains Voted for Strike Action and Non-Strike Action.
Rmt Leaders Will Meet in The Coming Weeks to Negotiate a Strike Schedule that Will Begin in Mid-June.
Ministers Should “urge the Employers to Return to The Negotiation Table and Work out An Acceptable Deal,” According to The Union. Network Rail Ceo Andrew Haines Responded by Urging the Rmt to “sit Down with Us” to “reach a Solution and Avert Destructive Industrial Action.”
“The RMT Has Jumped the Gun Here,” He Said, “because if There Is a Strike, Everyone Loses.” The Head of The Rail Delivery Group, Which Represents Rail Companies, Urged the Rmt to “behave Properly and Communicate with Us.”
So, What Did the Government Have to Say About It?
The Government Has Encouraged the Rmt to “reconsider” the Impending Strike and “accept the Invitation to Industry Negotiations,” According to The Government.
“strikes Should Always Be the Last Alternative, Not the First,” a Representative for The Department of Transport Said. “it Is Incredibly Regrettable and Premature that The Rmt Is Advocating for Industrial Action Before Even Initiating Negotiations.”
“during the Epidemic, Taxpayers Throughout the Nation Donated £16 Billion to Keep Our Railroads Operating While Guaranteeing that No One Lost Their Job.”
“The Railway Is Still on Life Support, with Passenger Numbers Down 25%, and Anything that Pushes Even More People Away Risks Putting Services and Jobs at Danger.”