Rail strike: Staff at nine rail companies will hold a 24-hour strike in September, says TSSA union | UK News

Staff from nine rail companies will take part in a 24-hour strike from midday on September 26, the TSSA union has announced.

The industrial action relates to wages and working conditions, the union said, and will also include Network Rail, the owner of Britain’s rail infrastructure.

The TSSA said it remains in discussions with National Rail about the possibility of a settlement that would avert the strike.

But union boss Manuel Cortes on Wednesday morning lambasted Government Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, saying he was standing in the way of real progress.

“Grant Shapps’ dead hand unfortunately prevents the DfT railroad companies from making a revised and meaningful offer,” Mr Cortes said.

“Frankly, he either sits down at the negotiating table with our union or steps aside to allow the railroad bosses to bargain freely with us, as they have done in the past.”

The train companies likely to be involved in this strike are TransPennine Express, West Midlands Trains, Avanti West Coast, c2c, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, LNER and Southeastern.

Along with Network Rail, the TSSA said these rail operators would be the focus of the September walkout.

This summer has been hit by a wave of strikes across multiple sectors as workers protest low wages, job cuts and poor working conditions they say are a hangover from the pandemic.

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Rail strikes cause disruption

Earlier this summer, an RMT strike became the Britain’s biggest industrial rail action in 30 years.

This was followed soon after by a TSSA strike, which it said was the first rail industry-wide action taken by the union in more than a generation.

Now, with the TSSA set to strike again in September, Cortes has called on the government to allow rail operators to return to the negotiating table with a “revised deal that improves on the insulting 2% offer that was more than rejected. early this summer.”

Across the country, unions are trying to negotiate wage increases for their members that keep pace with soaring inflation.

Britain’s inflation rate hit a new 40-year high in August, causing more pain for cash-strapped households as the cost of living crisis deepens.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose to 10.1% in the 12 months to July from 9.4% in June and remaining at the highest level since February 1982, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

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