UK’s Rail Workers To Strike Before And After Christmas
The United Kingdom’s rail passengers under the aegis of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) will embark on strike before and after Christmas.
According to RMT, in its announcement on Tuesday, more than 40,000 union members are expected to take part in the industrial action.
The industrial action will be held across four 48-hour periods on the 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th of December and the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th of January.
BBC reports that services have been disrupted in recent months as the disagreement over pay, working conditions and job security has continued.
But the RMT said the latest strike action would register “a clear message” that workers demand a better arrangement.
The union announced there would also be an overtime ban from 18 December until 2 January, meaning the union will be taking industrial action for four weeks in total.
In a statement, the RMT’s general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Our message to the public is, we are sorry to inconvenience you, but we urge you to direct your anger and frustration at the government and railway employers during this latest phase of action.”