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More rail workers to strike in worsening pay, jobs and conditions dispute

MORE rail workers are to set to strike later this month in worsening disputes over jobs, pay and working conditions, transport unions have announced.

Unite confirmed that the electric control room staff it represents at Network Rail will join national walkouts by RMT on August 18 and 20.

The TSSA also announced that thousands of its members at the nationalised company, which oversees Britain’s rail tracks, will strike on the same dates.

Unite stressed that its workers, based at control rooms in several locations across London as well as in Brighton, York, Essex and Paddock Wood in Kent, have not received a pay increase since 2019, despite the soaring cost of living.

Members are being rewarded for working through the pandemic with “derisory below-inflation pay offers that amount to a kick in the teeth,” general secretary Sharon Graham charged. 

RMT and TSSA stressed that their members want job security and a “fair pay rise.”

The industrial action, which will also affect several train operating companies, follow strikes by Aslef train drivers on August 13.

Network Rail’s Tim Shoveller said: “We urge all our unions to work with us to agree a fair deal.”

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