UK rail workers plan nationwide strike next month

Members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers form a picket line during the strike, outside Euston Station in London, Britain August 20, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

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LONDON, Aug 31 (Reuters) – British railway workers are planning a nationwide 24-hour strike from September 26 over pay, job security and conditions, a union said on Wednesday, the latest in wave of industrial unrest as inflation outpaces wages. mounted.

The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) said it was pushing for a revised pay deal for rail operating company staff after rejecting an “insulting” 2% offer.

The union is still in talks over a possible deal with Network Rail, the public sector company that owns and operates most of Britain’s railways and infrastructure.

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“I welcome the fact that negotiations are underway with Network Rail and the gap towards a resolution is narrowing. Time will tell if a deal can be reached to avert our next strike,” the TSSA union leader said. , Manuel Cortes.

The strike action will coincide with the annual conference of the UK opposition Labor Party, which will be held in Liverpool, the TSSA said.

Inflation in Britain topped 10% in July, with forecasts calling for further increases that could deepen a cost of living crisis, mainly spurred by soaring energy bills.

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Reporting by Sachin Ravikumar; edited by William James

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