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Network Rail accused of illegally using agency workers to undermine RMT strike

RMT wrote to Network Rail today after the publicly owned company allegedly violated a High Court ruling banning the use of agency workers to undermine a strike.

General secretary Mick Lynch said the rail union viewed the alleged breach as a “serious escalation” of the dispute in Cardiff.

Union members went on strike for 12 hours this week in a dispute over the imposition of rosters.

RMT said that it had then been made aware that Network Rail had allegedly used agency workers to cover the role of controller of site safety.

In a letter to the company, Mr Lynch wrote: “Your organisation will be well aware that such practices were ruled unlawful by the High Court in a widely publicised judgement made on July 13 2023. 

“We regard this as a serious escalation to the dispute.

“I urge you to seek a negotiated settlement … rather than stooping to this level, which undermines our discussions.”

Network Rail was contacted for comment.


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