Following uncertainty in the build up to the Bank Holiday weekend, when both the RMT and TSSA threatened strike action that was ultimately cancelled pending further negotiations with Network Rail, the RMT has announced the rejection of the latest pay offer from Network Rail and given advance notice of two new strike dates in early June.
The two dates to be affected represent a 24-hour strike from 5pm on Thursday 4 June and a 48-hour strike from 5pm on Tuesday 9 June. Across Network Rail, the RMT has some 16,000 members, who are employed in maintenance and signalling primarily. When the original strikes was foreshadowed before the Bank Holiday, the Train Operating Companies suggested that the result would effectively be the complete shut-down of the railway network and it’s likely that few trains will operate should the strikes go ahead.
One consequence of the structure of the strikes is that the impact with affect commuters on day days with the first strike and three days with the second. The government has condemned the strike threat although the RMT claims a massive mandate from its membership in pursuing the pay claim. Network Rail, while also condemning the action, said that it was happy to continue to talk.
TSSA is not involved in the new threat of strike action, having to decided to put the latest Network Rail pay offer to its membership.