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Train strike latest: Weekend travel mayhem as 80% of rail services close

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Mick Lynch says rail workers are treated as ‘out of fashion’ after Covid pandemic

Train passengers have been warned to “only travel by train if necessary” after rail operators closed 80 per cent of services and half of lines to make way for the 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union walking out for the third time this week over jobs, pay, pensions and conditions.

Despite many commuters having been able to avoid the disruption caused by strikes by working from home, fresh alerts have been issued over fears that many are reluctant to abandon leisure trips planned for Saturday regardless of the strikes.

On Friday, transport secretary Grant Shapps called on striking rail workers to call off its Saturday demonstration and accused the RMT Union of “damaging the lives of everyday hardworking people that they claim to represent.”

But its general secretary Mick Lynch said its members cannot accept the “thousands of railway workers being thrown on the scrapheap after being praised as heroes during Covid.

“RMT will continue its industrial campaign until a negotiated settlement is reached,” he said.

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Shapps urges RMT to call off strike

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has called on striking rail workers to call off the third walkout of the week taking place today as weekend travel chaos looms.

Posting on Twitter yesterday, he said: “The RMT’s unwarranted strikes haven’t caused the mass overcrowding on buses or heavy congestion on our roads some feared.”

“But the Union is damaging the lives of everyday hardworking people that they claim to represent.”

“They should call off Saturday’s strike now.”

Stuti Mishra25 June 2022 06:11

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Rail chaos continues as workers stage third 24-hour strike in a week

Train services will be crippled again on Saturday because of another 24-hour strike by thousands of workers in a bitter dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) are walking out for the third time this week, with little sign of a breakthrough to the deadlocked row.

Only a fifth of services will run and half of lines will be closed, with operators telling passengers they should only travel by train if necessary and to check their journey in advance.

Stuti Mishra25 June 2022 05:55

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live blog on the ongoing rail and Tube strikes for Saturday.

Stuti Mishra25 June 2022 05:47

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