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UK rail workers announce more strikes starting Christmas Eve

Britain’s RMT union said on Monday that it would put a pay offer to its members for a vote but recommended they reject it as further strikes over Christmas were announced as part of a long-running dispute over pay.

December 6, 2022
6 December 2022

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Britain’s RMT union said on
Monday that it would put a pay offer to its members for a vote
but recommended they reject it as further strikes over Christmas
were announced as part of a long-running dispute over pay.

The union said it plans to go on strike on Dec. 24-27 after
talks with train operators and Network Rail – which owns and
maintains train infrastructure – ended without a resolution.

“I am sure the travelling public will be really disappointed
and irritated and angry,” RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch told
reporters.

But he said the current offer is “extremely detrimental” to
his members.

The RMT said on Sunday that its management had rejected a
pay rise offer of 4% each year in 2022 and 2023 from rail
employers aimed at heading off further strike action, which has
disrupted travel for millions of rail users.

Lynch said he was giving members a week to vote on the
pay offer but was advising them to reject it.

The new strike dates over Christmas coincide with a
scheduled reduction in passenger services and with engineering
works over the festive period, he said.

The RMT said last week that more than 40,000 railway
workers would stage strikes over December and January, signaling
travel disruption before and after the busy Christmas holiday
period.
(Reporting by Andrew MacAskill, Editing by Franklin Paul and
Cynthia Osterman)

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