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Introduction: Passengers face more disruption as rail strikes begin

Hello and welcome to our ongoing coverage of the economy, business and financial markets.

Passengers have been warned to expect major disruption to the rail network today as railway workers stage their second 48-hour strike this week.

Rail services in Britain will be severely disrupted as members of the RMT union begin their latest strike in the ongoing dispute over pay and conditions.

Passengers have been advised to only try to travel by train if necessary.

National Rail says it is “inevitable that services will be canceled or severely disrupted”, with limited service on the network and likely no trains on some routes.

About 20% of normal services are expected to operate between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Morning everyone 👋 Chat in the seat tweet for the morning shift, I’ll be here to answer your questions until 2pm 🕑

📢 Industrial action is happening today, check before you travel at https://t.co/iAeX1MOboK📢

❄️ Be careful in stations and on platforms in this cold weather❄️ pic.twitter.com/Hq0olxQ8wg

— National Rail (@nationalrailenq) December 16, 2022

Eurostar is running a revised timetable between December 13 and 17, due to the strike.

Motorists in parts of England could also face worsening disruption, with the first of 12 days of continuous regional strikes by PCS union members on national motorways also beginning on Friday.

Although no roads are closed, any major incident could result in longer delays with fewer control room staff or traffic wardens available.

Here is our latest report on the rail strikes:

Today’s RMT strike comes after a meeting on Thursday failed to break the deadlock.

The RMT said:

‘RMT attended talks convened by Railway Minister Huw Merriman this evening (Thursday) with Network Rail and the Rail Delivery Group and agreed to continue discussions.

general secretary RMT Mick Lynch stated that the Minister has requested further discussions between the RMT and employers in order to find solutions, adding that:

“These meetings will be organized but, in the meantime, all industrial actions remain in place.”

However, members of a smaller union, Network Rail’s Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA), voted in favor of an improved pay deal.

The TSSA said yesterday the union had already suspended the strike, after 85% of its members voted in favor of the offer, which includes a minimum 9% wage increase by January, job security until 2025 and guarantees on the terms and conditions.

The offer, a two-year deal covering the missed pay rise of January 2022 and 2023, was however rejected last week by the RMT.

Another strike scheduled today, among ground handling personnel at Heathrow, has also been put on hold while an improved pay deal is offered to staff. This should avoid disruption at the airport this weekend.

Agenda

  • 7am GMT: UK retail sales for November

  • 09:30 GMT: Flash PMI survey on UK services and manufacturing sectors

  • 10:30 GMT: Russian central bank sets interest rates

Key events

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Calendar of strike days in the UK

You can follow strikes and shutdowns planned for this month across the UK’s health, transport and postal networks here:

merseyrail provide limited rail service today and tomorrow, due to RMT strikes. The details are here.

They explain :

Although Merseyrail staff will not be part of this industrial action, it will involve Network Rail staff who operate the signaling systems and provide maintenance assistance.

merseyrail, which runs services in the Liverpool City area, was also affected by the cold weather that gripped the UK this week. A one-off failure means a rail replacement bus service is in operation between New Brighton and Birkenhead North.

Otherwise, there will be no rail replacement buses on strike days.

Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union who work at the national highways are today organizing the first of 12 days of industrial action, in a dispute over wages and conditions.

Today’s action involves Road Traffic Officers and Control Room Operators in the North West, Yorkshire, Humber and North East regions.

There are fears the walkouts could cause major delays on England’s motorways and bring A-roads to a standstill over the festive period, with long traffic jams.

The action is likely to impact signs and signals put in place to warn motorists of blockages and incidents, reduced ability to react and deal with collisions, and delays in the reopening of roadways and highways, according to computer.

Three weeks of strike are planned. The members of the PCS who work for the national highways will go on strike:

  • in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humber today and Saturday

  • in London and the South East from December 22 to 25

  • in the West Midlands and South West on December 30 and 31

  • in the East Midlands and East region on 6 and 7 January.

  • all members will strike together on January 3 and 4.

On Friday, our striking DVSA and RPA members will be joined by National Highways. There will be picket lines at test centers in Aberdeen, Dundee, Gosforth, Kirkcaldy, Middlesbrough and national motorway control centers in Wakefield and Newton-le-Willows. https://t.co/UffrOi4FrJ pic.twitter.com/PNbX27qWI6

– PCS union (@pcs_union) December 15, 2022

Paddington Station in London would normally be bustling with rush hour commuters, but is unusually quiet this morning.

The BBC Mark Ashdown is there, and reported that there were only “a few trains” on the departure boards.

Rail network operators are warning passengers to travel only if “absolutely necessary” on strike days.

The message is:

The railway will operate at limited opening hours with services starting later than normal and ending in the late afternoon.

Some stations will not be served on strike days. Please check your first and last trains carefully, as there will be no alternative travel outside of these services.

Introduction: Passengers face more disruption as rail strikes begin

Hello and welcome to our ongoing coverage of the economy, business and financial markets.

Passengers have been warned to expect major disruption to the rail network today as railway workers stage their second 48-hour strike this week.

Rail services in Britain will be severely disrupted as members of the RMT union begin their latest strike in the ongoing dispute over pay and conditions.

Passengers have been advised to only try to travel by train if necessary.

National Rail says it is “inevitable that services will be canceled or severely disrupted”, with limited service on the network and likely no trains on some routes.

About 20% of normal services are expected to operate between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Morning everyone 👋 Chat in the seat tweet for the morning shift, I’ll be here to answer your questions until 2pm 🕑

📢 Industrial action is happening today, check before you travel at https://t.co/iAeX1MOboK📢

❄️ Be careful in stations and on platforms in this cold weather❄️ pic.twitter.com/Hq0olxQ8wg

— National Rail (@nationalrailenq) December 16, 2022

Eurostar is running a revised timetable between December 13 and 17, due to the strike.

Motorists in parts of England could also face worsening disruption, with the first of 12 days of continuous regional strikes by PCS union members on national motorways also beginning on Friday.

Although no roads are closed, any major incident could result in longer delays with fewer control room staff or traffic wardens available.

Here is our latest report on the rail strikes:

Today’s RMT strike comes after a meeting on Thursday failed to break the deadlock.

The RMT said:

‘RMT attended talks convened by Railway Minister Huw Merriman this evening (Thursday) with Network Rail and the Rail Delivery Group and agreed to continue discussions.

general secretary RMT Mick Lynch stated that the Minister has requested further discussions between the RMT and employers in order to find solutions, adding that:

“These meetings will be organized but, in the meantime, all industrial actions remain in place.”

However, members of a smaller union, Network Rail’s Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA), voted in favor of an improved pay deal.

The TSSA said yesterday the union had already suspended the strike, after 85% of its members voted in favor of the offer, which includes a minimum 9% wage increase by January, job security until 2025 and guarantees on the terms and conditions.

The offer, a two-year deal covering the missed pay rise of January 2022 and 2023, was however rejected last week by the RMT.

Another strike scheduled today, among ground handling personnel at Heathrow, has also been put on hold while an improved pay deal is offered to staff. This should avoid disruption at the airport this weekend.

Agenda

  • 7am GMT: UK retail sales for November

  • 09:30 GMT: Flash PMI survey on UK services and manufacturing sectors

  • 10:30 GMT: Russian central bank sets interest rates

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