Union leaders have rejected proposed amendments to end industrial action on the rails – and have vowed more strikes by Christmas.
RMT members at Network Rail are being urged by union bosses to reject the new pay proposals and go on strike December 13-14 and 16-17.
RMT has also announced additional strike action from 6pm Christmas Eve to 6am December 27th.
RMT members will be asked in a referendum whether they should proceed strike – a move that can show sympathy with the grievances because of the loss of wages due to the strike to date or otherwise, show solidarity in their struggle.
The Transport Secretary described the escalation as “extremely disappointing”
The rail dispute is just one of many that risk triggering a winter of discontent as unions seek to match wages with inflation to help protect their members from cost of living crisis.
There is a looming threat of action by nurses, firefighters and National Highway staff.
It is building on a wave of strikes among other professions including teachers and bus drivers.
The GMB union is expected to announce the date of the ambulance strike at midday on Tuesday.
The dispute between Royal Mail and its 115,000 frontline staff has grown increasingly heated and shows no sign of ending by Christmas following a wave of action over Black Friday discount shopping and more. .
The government is under increasing pressure from advocates to push through reforms to strike laws that ensure a minimum level of service.
The prospect of more violent strike action on the rails isn’t just bad news for those looking to travel before the holiday season.
Businesses are increasingly vocal about the need to settle, saying the move is costing hotels and retailers billions of pounds at a time when they can least afford it.
Mr. Lynch said of the state of the game: “We remain open to negotiations to resolve these issues but we will not succumb to pressure from employers and governments to the detriment of our members. our member.”
Tim Shoveller, Network Rail’s lead negotiator, accused RMT of “playing fast and loose with everyone’s Christmas plans.
He said: “This response from the RMT to a substantial boost offer shows their real priority – using the UK public and Network Rail workers as pawns in their fight with the government.
“Does the referendum mean that strike disruption is inevitable?”.
The union’s further talks with the RDG are scheduled for Tuesday.
The Paid Transportation Workers Association (TSSA) announced that it is canceling the Rail Network strikes scheduled for December so it can make offers to its members. me.
TSSA is scheduled to strike on December 17 and take other forms of industrial action from December 13.
Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “It is disappointing that, despite a new and improved deal that offers job security and reasonable wage increases, the RMT does not just continue with public action. industry but also called for more strikes around Christmas.
“It is disappointing that the TSSA union has described this new and improved deal as ‘the best we can achieve through negotiation’ and called off the strikes.
“The government has done its part by facilitating a fair and reasonable offer, but by instructing its members to decline the offer, the RMT has failed to fulfill its role.” Our role and our rail network are currently facing more disruption than helpful discussion.”