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More Train Strikes Await Passengers Going Back To Work

 After the holiday break, people who are going back to work this week are advised to refrain from travelling by rail due to strikes. Services will be "seriously impacted" by walkouts by RMT members from January 3–9.


As part of a dispute over wages, job security, and working conditions, the RMT union members have rejected offers. The ASLEF union’s train drivers at 15 rail companies are on strike over pay.


According to Network Rail, which is responsible for maintaining the tracks, signals, and stations, the combination of strikes will result in barely 20% of services operating, with many locations seeing no trains at all.


Services in England, Scotland, and Wales may be impacted by the strikes. "We regret having to advise travellers to avoid using the railroad this week," Network Rail said in a statement.


Additionally, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which is an association of train operating firms, recommended people travel only in "absolutely necessary" situations. Usually, services operate between 7:30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m., but on strike days, trains that do run will start and end significantly later than usual.


The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) also stated that additional service interruptions could occur on January 8. It is recommended that travellers plan ahead of time and keep in mind that it may take more time to travel than usual.


It is the most recent in a series of strikes that have happened across the train network and caused disruptions. 40,000 RMT members work for Network Rail, and during the two 48-hour walkouts on Tuesday and Friday, there are 14 train operators on the job.


Mick Lynch, the general secretary of RMT, stressed that his people wanted a settlement and not more upheaval. "We can find a solution if we can identify workable alternatives because government action has severely interrupted the railroad," Mr. Lynch said to the BBC.


He charged that ministers in the administration were "sitting on their hands" and doing nothing to advance a deal. "They continue to claim that they are brokering a deal. And in my opinion, the situation is completely reversed."


The government has demonstrated that it is reasonable, according to a Department of Transportation representative, who also asserted that the government is prepared to encourage a resolution to rail problems.

While saying the agreement it has proposed to the RMT is "fair and reasonable," Network Rail encouraged the union to "sit down with us" and reevaluate it. Separately, train drivers from 15 different rail firms are on strike as part of ASLEF.


As a result of the one-day strike, fewer services will be available, and some operators may run "quite severely modified timetables," according to the RDG. The ASLEF union claimed that the lack of an offer from the train operators forced it into taking action.


Keith Richmond, a representative for ASLEF, asserts that "We haven't gotten a raise in almost four years, and the railroad firms who employ us still haven't offered us an offer," we said six months after having the audacity to ask for a raise for train drivers who currently receive a pitiful salary.


According to Daniel Mann, head of industrial operations at the RDG, "no one wanted to see the strikes occur. Instead of unions telling their members that they will lose more money the following year, the problem can only be solved by coming to an agreement on the long overdue changes to working conditions that are required to put the industry on a sustainable footing," he continued.


The rail industry is under pressure to find cuts after the outbreak left a hole in its budget. According to managers, reforms must be accepted to fund pay rises and modernize the railway. According to unions, pay increases are required to reflect the rising cost of living.


A widespread industry walkout is currently taking place around the nation. Nurses, highway employees, driving examiners, ambulance drivers, and postal workers have all gone on strike in the last several weeks.

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