RMT accused of ‘playing politics’ with strikes after another trade union accepted the same pay offer

RMT accused of ‘enjoying politics’ after pushing forward with strikes after one other commerce union accepted the identical pay supply

  • The authorities hit out towards the RMT after one other union accepted pay supply
  • Over 70% of senior Network Rail employees within the TSSA accepted an 8% wage rise
  • ‘Unions working with trade… is the one approach ahead’, stated Grant Shapps

The RMT was accused of ‘enjoying politics’ by urgent forward with strikes yesterday because it emerged one other union accepted the identical pay supply.

More than 70 per cent of senior Network Rail employees represented by the TSSA voted in favour of an 8 per cent wage rise over this 12 months and subsequent. It was not put to much less senior staff on decrease pay.

But the RMT is refusing to place the identical supply to a single member.

A Government supply stated: ‘We urge different unions to cease enjoying politics and observe the TSSA’s lead.’

The RMT was accused of ‘enjoying politics’ by urgent forward with strikes yesterday because it emerged one other union accepted the identical pay supply

'This acceptance by these TSSA members will mean that we have a strong, reliable contingency staff for any future strikes and will be able to run services for passengers and minimise disruption to lives of everyday people,' said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (pictured)

‘This acceptance by these TSSA members will imply that we have now a robust, dependable contingency employees for any future strikes and can be capable to run providers for passengers and minimise disruption to lives of on a regular basis folks,’ stated Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (pictured)

It means there will likely be much less disruption when RMT staff for Network Rail and 14 operators strike on August 18 and 20. The RMT stated the deal didn’t meet what members need.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated: ‘This acceptance by these TSSA members will imply that we have now a robust, dependable contingency employees for any future strikes and can be capable to run providers for passengers and minimise disruption to lives of on a regular basis folks.

‘Unions working with trade as an alternative of towards is the one approach ahead out of this dispute and a needed step to finish these harmful strikes and to place our railways on a safe footing for the long run.’

The deal is a lift for rail travellers needing to catch trains on strike days as a variety of TSSA’s senior staff step in as signallers when the RMT goes on strike.

The RMT is refusing to put the same offer accepted by the TSSA to a single member. Pictured: RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch

The RMT is refusing to place the identical supply accepted by the TSSA to a single member. Pictured: RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch

The union’s members are additionally placing on the London Underground on August 19 in a separate dispute.

Joining them on August 18 and 20 will likely be much less senior, lower-paid TSSA staff for seven prepare operators.

Meanwhile, prepare drivers’ union ASLEF has ordered staff for 9 prepare corporations to walkout subsequent Saturday, August 13.

The walkouts will likely be on Avanti West Coast, Crosscountry, Greater Anglia (together with Stansted Express), Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains.

Walkouts from train drivers in ASLEF next Saturday, August 13, will be on Avanti West Coast, Crosscountry, Greater Anglia (including Stansted Express), Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER (pictured), London Overground, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains

Walkouts from prepare drivers in ASLEF subsequent Saturday, August 13, will likely be on Avanti West Coast, Crosscountry, Greater Anglia (together with Stansted Express), Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER (pictured), London Overground, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains

It will significantly hit soccer followers, with Premier League video games in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Brighton more likely to be affected.

A strike timetable will likely be printed on Tuesday, however passengers are being suggested to observe the most recent journey recommendation, test earlier than they set off and permit additional time for his or her journey.

Passengers are additionally suggested to contemplate beginning journeys in a while Sunday August 14 as a result of knock-on results.

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