British railway workers plan new strike nationwide for October 8: union

LONDON: Tens of thousands of British railway workers will go on strike across the country on October 8 in an ongoing dispute over wages and working conditions, their union representing them said on Thursday.

Britain’s rail network suffered major disruption over several days in June, July and August as railway workers pulled out in the country’s biggest rail strike in three decades.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) said 40,000 Network Rail members and 15 rail companies would take part in the new round of industrial action next month.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said it was encouraging that new Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who took office earlier this month, has met with the union.

“However, in the absence of a new offer, our members have no choice but to continue this strike action,” Lynch said.

“We will continue to negotiate in good faith, but employers and the government must understand that our industrial campaign will continue for as long as it takes.”

The RMT had previously announced a strike for October 1, potentially disrupting travel to the ruling Conservative Party’s conference in Birmingham, central England, which begins October 2.

A separate rail union is also planning strikes on October 1st and 5th.

Britain faced strikes by workers in a number of sectors as wages failed to keep pace with rising inflation and a deepening cost-of-living crisis. -Reuters