Northern Trains One Of 13 Operators Affected By 3 Day National Strike

The Rail Union RMT will launch three days of strike action later this month across thirteen operators, including Northern Trains, on the  railway network. Nationally, over 50,000 railway workers will walkout as part of the three days of strike action later this month, It is the biggest dispute on the network since 1989. RMT members include everyone from drivers, guards and catering staff to signallers and track maintenance workers.

The RMT Union said it will ‘shut down’ the country’s railway network on Tuesday 21st June, Thursday 23rd June and Saturday 25th June after talks over pay and redundancies fell through. However, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: ‘RMT is open to meaningful negotiations with rail bosses and ministers, but they will need to come up with new proposals to prevent months of disruption on our railways.’

The Union says that their members have not had an increase in pay for up to three years, inflation is 11.1%. and their members are getting poorer while the rich in this country become richer. The Union adds that there is money available as UK rail fleets are leased from offshore companies, who paid out £1billion in dividends during the pandemic, whilst ticket offices are being closed, railway maintenance staff are being culled and Crossrail opened four years late and £4 billion over-budget. Currently quoted operational costs include train operator profits, shareholder dividends and sky-high managerial salaries.

People working for 13 train operating companies  will take part in the strike. These are:

  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country Trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • LNER
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Great Western Railway
  • Northern Trains
  • South Eastern Railway
  • South Western Railway
  • TransPennine Express
  • Avanti West Coast
  • West Midlands Trains.

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