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Rail services severely limited as strike action continues

Byoxfordnewspaper

Aug 21, 2022

Rail services will be severely limited today as tens of thousands of workers go on strike again in the long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

Industrial action by the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) union means Great Western Railways expect rail services to be severely affected, and a significantly reduced temporary timetable will be in place.

The action is planned for Saturday 20 August, with Sunday 21 August also likely to be affected.

On Saturday a significantly reduced temporary timetable has been put in place, and some stations including Bristol Temple Meads and Plymouth will see no rail services.

Passengers are advised to only travel if absolutely necessary.

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Services will start later at 7am and finish much earlier than normal.

Where trains are able to operate, GWR expect them to be extremely busy.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel.

Disruption is likely to continue on Sunday, and services are expected to be very busy.
Trains will start later and there will be short notice cancellations. Again passengers are advised to check before you travel.
If you can delay your journey, tickets for travel on Sunday are valid up to Tuesday 23 August.

RMT members at Network Rail and 14 train operators, TSSA members at seven companies, and Unite members at NR will strike again, along with London United bus drivers.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “RMT will continue to negotiate in good faith but we cannot tolerate being bullied or hoodwinked into accepting a raw deal for our members.

“The Government need to stop their interference in these disputes so the employers can come to a negotiated settlement with us.”

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The union is seeking guarantees of no compulsory redundancies, a pay rise in line with the cost of living, and promises of no unilateral alterations to job terms and conditions.

The sides are as far apart as ever in resolving the row despite months of talks aimed at breaking the deadlock, with increasing union anger at the refusal of Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to get involved in negotiations.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “It’s clear, from their co-ordinated approach, that the unions are hell-bent on causing as much misery as possible to the very same taxpayers who stumped up £600 per household to ensure not a single rail worker lost their job during the pandemic.

“Sadly, union chiefs have short memories and will be repaying this act of good faith by ruining millions of hard-working people’s summer plans.”

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