Rail union declares new strike date



ail staff are to stage a recent 24-hour strike subsequent month in an escalation of the nationwide dispute over pay, job safety and situations.

Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Affiliation (TSSA) at 9 prepare working corporations in addition to Community Rail (NR) will stroll out from noon on Monday September 26.

The union stays in talks with NR about the potential for a settlement however is urging Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to intervene in a bid to interrupt the impasse.

The strike motion will coincide with the Labour Get together convention in Liverpool.

As a Labour affiliated union, the TSSA mentioned it is going to be on the lookout for assist from delegates and MPs to affix them on picket traces – however Sir Keir Starmer is not going to be part of placing staff.

TSSA union chief Manuel Cortes mentioned: “The useless hand of Grant Shapps is unfortunately stopping prepare working corporations from making a revised, significant supply.

“Frankly, he both sits throughout the negotiating desk with our union or will get out of the best way to permit railway bosses to freely negotiate with us, as they’ve finished up to now.

“The rationale for the present deadlock lies squarely at Shapps’ door and passengers are paying a excessive worth for his incompetence and intransigence.

“I welcome the truth that negotiations are ongoing with Community Rail and the hole in the direction of a decision is narrowing. Time will inform whether or not a deal could be finished to avert our subsequent strike.

“I shall be standing on our picket line in Liverpool and shall be encouraging fellow delegates and Labour MPs to do likewise, to allow them to rightly present they stand shoulder to shoulder with these combating the Tories’ cost-of-living disaster.”

Aslef basic secretary Mick Whelan (centre) speaks with Labour MPs Daybreak Butler and Barry Gardiner at a picket line (PA) / PA Wire

Labour chief Sir Keir once more dominated out becoming a member of staff on a picket line, insisting that his focus was on forming the following authorities.

He informed Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine: “In terms of industrial motion, I fully perceive why persons are voting to go on strike, I perceive how a lot they’re struggling – wages have been stagnant for the most effective a part of 10 years, we’ve now obtained a cost-of-living disaster, so costs are going up.”

Requested if he would be part of TSSA staff on the picket line he mentioned: “No. I need a Labour authorities, I need to be a Labour prime minister. You may’t sit across the Cupboard desk resolving points after which stroll onto a picket line, they’re totally different jobs.”

A DfT spokesperson mentioned: “For the eighth time this summer season, union leaders are selecting self-defeating strike motion over constructive talks, not solely disrupting the lives of hundreds of thousands who depend on these companies however jeopardising the way forward for the railways and their very own members’ livelihoods.

“These reforms ship the modernisations our rail community urgently wants, are important to the way forward for rail, and can occur. Strikes is not going to change this.”

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