RMT union barons will grind Britain to a halt AGAIN next month

RMT union barons will grind Britain to a halt AGAIN next month: 40,000 staff from Network Rail and FIFTEEN train companies will walk out on October 8

  • RMT union boss Mick Lynch announced rail strike to be held on October 8
  • More than 40,000 staff from Network Rail and 15 train companies to walkout 
  • Will be third strike in month, as industrial action already planned on October 1-5

RMT union barons will grind Britain to a halt again next month as it announced today that 40,000 staff from Network Rail and 15 train operators will stage a walkout on October 8.

The planned walkout will ‘effectively shut down the railway network’, RMT said as it will see tens of thousands of railway workers take to picket lines. 

The new date – marking the third rail strike now planned in October – was set as part of an ongoing dispute over pay, jobs and conditions. 

As well as Network Rail, the 15 train operating companies participating in the strike are: Chiltern Railways, Cross Country Trains, Greater Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, Northern Trains, South Eastern, South Western Railway, Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Trains and GTR (including Gatwick Express). 

Rail strikes are already planned by Aslef union members from 12 train companies on October 1 and 5, threatening fresh travel chaos for passengers.

RMT Union boss Mick Lynch on the picket line outside London Euston in August 

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said today that it was encouraging that the new Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan had met the union.

‘We welcome this more positive approach from the government to engage with us as a first step to finding a suitable settlement,’ he said.

‘However, as no new offer has been tabled, our members have no choice but to continue this strike action.

‘We will continue to negotiate in good faith, but the employers and government need to understand our industrial campaign will continue for as long as it takes.’

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