Transport secretary to hold talks with rail union leaders, amid further strike action

The transport secretary Mark Harper will maintain talks with rail union leaders later this week, in keeping with his cupboard colleague Mel Stride.

The work and pensions secretary instructed TalkTV: “The secretary of state [Mark Harper] is definitely assembly the rail union leaders later this week so there’s that dialogue occurring”.

Stride additionally warned that strike motion deliberate on the nation’s railways in December and January has been designed to create “most disruption”.

Yesterday, the RMT union introduced that it will be staging a sequence of 48-hour strikes in December and January as a part of a long-running dispute with the federal government over pay, jobs and situations.

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The announcement got here because the union accused rail bosses of not fulfilling a promise to submit a written provide on the finish of two weeks of talks.

RMT basic secretary Mick Lynch has mentioned the union has to reply to “damaged guarantees” by senior officers

Hundreds of members of the RMT working for Community Rail and fourteen prepare working firms will walkout on from December Thirteenth-14th and Sixteenth-Seventeenth, in addition to from January Third-4th and Sixth-Seventh.

The union additionally introduced an time beyond regulation ban which come into impact over the Christmas interval from 18th December till 2nd January

Talking to Discuss TV, Mel Stride mentioned: “What we’d like is extra speaking from the unions with the employers and fewer bulletins of strikes… the consequence of this for households up and down the nation, a few of them fairly severe by the way, folks attempting to get to medical appointments for instance, in addition to the household reunions you’ve talked about.

Lynch, who was additionally doing the media arounds this morning, defended the timing of the deliberate rail strikes.

Responding to the accusation that he gave the impression to be “The Grinch” ruining Christmas, he instructed ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” programme: “There is no such thing as a good time to have a strike. We have now left the Christmas interval strike free intentionally.

“We can’t go away this motion to go chilly. We have now not been on strike for 2 months, we moved different dates to facilitate essential public and nationwide occasions.

“If we simply go away it they may impose the modifications. Community Rail have already points a statutory redundancy discover for 3,000 jobs and they’re going to impose that if we don’t resist what they’re doing and are available to a compromise”.

Mel Stride additionally instructed Sky Information that the federal government is dedicated imposing minimal service ranges throughout strikes by transport employees, though no timetable had been set out for the laws.

The work and pensions secretary mentioned: “The federal government has commitments in that space and to minimal service provision”.