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22 Nov 2022 23:08 GMT

The union argues that despite the efforts made by the negotiators, the “government is directly interfering” in attempts to reach an agreement.

Thousands of UK rail workers will stage a series of strikes over the next two months as they intensify their protests over better pay and working conditions.

“More than 40,000 members of the network and 14 train operating companies will go on strike on December 13, 14, 16 and 17 and January 3, 4, 6 and 7,” ad this Tuesday the National Union of Railway, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), after talks with the Rail Delivery Group, representing the train operating companies and Network Rail, which owns and manages the railway infrastructure, ended without an agreement.

The strikes will be accompanied for the affiliates to the union organization of a prohibition of working overtime on rail companies across the UK between December 18 and January 2.

“This latest round of strikes will show how important our members are to the running of this country, and send a clear message that we want a good deal in terms of occupational safety, wages Y conditionssaid RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch.

In addition, they argued that despite the efforts made by the negotiators, the “Government is directly interfering” against the attempts to reach an agreement.

“This whole process has become a charade that only the new Secretary of State can solve. When I meet with him later this week, I will convey that message to him,” Lynch said.

Workers in various sectors, including the postal and health services, have gone on strike to demand wage increases commensurate with the pace of the inflation, which rose to 9.6% in October.

For his part, a spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group assured that the two parties had made “real progress” in recent talks, which for the first time in months resulted in the “outline of a credible agreement”, so they hoped that the union will return to continue negotiations and reach a fair agreement, collect local media.

Source: Actualidad

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