More strike action dates to hit Southeastern services

Southeastern trains Photo John Horton

Strike action by ASLEF union is due to take place on the Southeastern railway network on Saturday (November 26).

There will be no Southeastern services running on this date. A normal timetable will run on Sunday 27 November.

Further strike action has also been announced by rail union RMT for December 13-14. 16-17 and January 3-4, 6-7.

There will also be an overtime ban across the railways from 18 December until 2 January.

The RMT says Network Rail has failed to make an improved offer on jobs, pay and conditions for members during the last two weeks of talks.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “This latest round of strikes will show how important our members are to the running of this country and will send a clear message that we want a good deal on job security, pay and conditions for our people.”

He added: “In the meantime, 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.”

10 Comments

  1. I’m generally in support of workers striving for reasonable pay and conditions.
    But I think that the rail workers are pushing for too much.
    True, inflation is running at about 10%, but it wasn’t a tear ago, and it might not be next year. Will the workers take a 5% pay cut, if the inflation rate drops?
    And impacting passengers, ordinary working folk and families, over Christmas, is rather cruel.

  2. So selfish. Everyone is suffering financially at the moment. But that is the way the economy works – good times and bad times. You can’t always have pay increases just because inflation is running high. And you can be sure Phyllis they certainly won’t accept a pay drop when inflation is low!!

    I well remember when I got my first mortgage and interest rates were at 10% and they rose to 16% but we never expected pay rises or government hand-outs to assist us then – we just had to economise and go without. I used to do my supermarket shop late on a Saturday so I could get as many reduced items as possible.

    I have no sympathy whatsoever with the RMT workers. Such salary increases will only add to the country’s economic problems.

  3. I think you are taking the mick out of the public as we lose days wages each time you strike so the public are not with you we are against it so be considerate and do the right things and call off your strike.You can’t even run it a day with out delays or cancellations so get it right before you want better wages thanks

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