rmt rail strike in england 20,000 workers started
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, a British trade union covering the transport sector, has started a rail strike across England over pay and working conditions.
The RMT rail strike in England started on Saturday to demand fair and reasonable pay offers from the authorities. The “cynical” strike disrupted rail services on 26 August, causing problems to rail passengers.
The rail strike takes place on the same day as events in Leeds and Reading as well as the Notting Hill Carnival.
Mick Lynch, the Secretary-General of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, said that the strikes would continue until the demands are met.
Rail workers from 14 train operators took part in Saturday’s strike, demanding fair wages and working conditions. This move caused problems for passengers undertaking journeys into Scotland and Wales.
Around 20,000 members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers started the strike as part of the deadlocked dispute over pay and working conditions.
The RMT rail workers said that the government was not making a revised pay offer. However, the Department for Transport, a department of the government responsible for the English transport network, said that the government had made “fair and reasonable pay offers.”
The government slammed the workers, saying that they “cynically target the bank holiday weekend.”
RMT Rail strike in England
According to reports, the RMT Rail strike in England is also planned on September 2. The members of Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF), a British trade union representing train drivers, are also set to walk out on 1 September over pay and working conditions.
The BBC reports that RMT is requesting an end to the job losses brought on by the closure of numerous ticket offices. Lynch said that “there will be more strikes if there’s no change.” He said that the members want job security and decent conditions.