Wave of rail strikes to hit services across England again today

5 Oct

General secretary Mick Cash said: “Southern Rail, a company that earlier this year encouraged passengers to ‘strike back’ against front line staff, has once again dredged the depths of industrial relations with this outrageous threat to their staff pensions that is pure bare-faced bullying.

“If Southern seriously think that RMT will lift the campaign for safe and accessible rail services for all on the basis of threats and intimidation then they should think again.

“Instead of resorting to the gutter tactics of the playground bully Southern should start acting responsibly and should get round the table with the trade union for serious talks aimed at resolving the longest running industrial dispute in Britain.”

A Southern spokesman said: “We reject the latest claims made by the RMT. Today will be the 36th day of RMT strikes and we, like our passengers and the vast majority of our colleagues, simply want an end to this unnecessary dispute.”

Greater Anglia is planning to run a full service on Thursday and Southern said there will be a normal service on most of its routes.

Arriva Rail North aims to run around 1,200 services across the North – 46% of its normal timetable – on both days between 7am and 7pm.

Most Merseyrail services will run between 7am and 7pm, with a break during the middle of the day, and some stations will be closed.

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