November British railway strike canceled
The British railroad union RMT has canceled strikes scheduled for 5, 7 and 9 November. The unions announced that they were starting “intensive negotiations” with the infrastructure manager and carriers. The dispute concerns wage increases and better working conditions. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to Nakolei.
RMT unites more than 40 thousand railway workers. During the last strike, which took place in October, only 20% of the trains went on the rails.
Infrastructure manager – Network Rail – announced that due to the late notification of the absence of a strike on Saturday (November 5), train schedules will remain strictly limited. In addition, similar difficulties should be expected on Monday (November 7).
British media are reporting that the strike is expected to cause hardship across the entire rail network, leaving only a fifth of transport services up and running. The BBC emphasizes that the decision to suspend the strike is a major development as the RMT called off the strike for the first time in a longstanding dispute to facilitate further negotiations.
“Our people are our priority and we are working to secure an agreement on labor protection, decent wage increases and good working conditions,” said RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch.
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