I'm not Mick Grinch: Union boss insists strikes won't ruin Christmas and calls for more talks to avert walkouts

11/23/2022 12:35:00 PM

“We don’t want to be painted as miseries, and grinches. We’ve been careful not to put any strike on during the Christmas period.”

“We don’t want to be painted as miseries, and grinches. We’ve been careful not to put any strike on during the Christmas period.”

Union boss Mick Lynch told LBC today he wasn't a 'grinch' who was out to ruin Christmas, after the RMT announced a string of 48-hour strikes in the middle of December.

Train passengers hit by severe travel disruption despite RMT calling off three days of walkouts Mr Lynch said the string of strikes would send "a clear message" that rail workers want a better deal on pay and working conditions.voting to continue striking for another six months.The double threat of engineering works and further strikes could bring Christmas plans grind to a halt.Strikes "Yet, Network Rail have failed to make an improved offer on jobs, pay and conditions for our members during the last two weeks of talks.

RMT had already warned another round of industrial action was ‘highly likely’ over the Christmas period as talks over pay and job security faltered.Today's announcement follows six-months of rail disputes over jobs cuts, as well as pay and working terms, with impending travel chaos on the cards.Strikes planned for the start of November were previously cancelled by the RMT after it said it would enter a fortnight of"intensive negotiations".It's but the latest wave of strikes set out by workers, following balloted strike action already announced by members of the civil service and nurses union.Picture: Alamy In a separate development expected to heap misery on Christmas travellers, the RMT warned another round of industrial action was ‘highly likely’ as talks over pay and job security faltered.It comes as the union said that train operator Network was scheduled to present their new written proposal on 17 November but failed to do so.Image: Many travellers are set to face a travel headache if the new strikes can't be averted Reacting to the new strikes, Network Rail's chief negotiator stressed there was a"precarious financial hole" in the industry, which striking only made worse.Mr Lynch had previously said: “I will be recommending that we set out further phases of sustained industrial action in support of our members."They cancelled the meeting at an hour's notice, and we can sense the hand of the Tory government in this as we believe that they are not allowing an offer to be made.

“While we will remain available for meaningful negotiations it is now obvious that the other side is unwilling or unable to progress matters appropriately, so our action will be reinstated."And while progress has been made over these last two weeks, we still have yet to find that breakthrough.” Is is predicted the union will target Christmas to cause maximum disruption to highlight the challenges the workforce is facing.” The timing of the strikes have coincided with predictions, as the union aims to target Christmas in order to cause maximum disruption to highlight the challenges the workforce is facing.The engineering works mean there will be no services from Liverpool Street station from December 25 to January 2, no Southern or Gatwick Express trains from Victoria station over the same dates, and a reduced timetable from Euston station to places like Manchester, Birmingham, and Liverpool between December 24-30." The prime minister's spokesman said the strikes risked"putting the future of the rail industry in jeopardy", and called on the union to"come to an agreement that is fair to passengers, taxpayers, and workers".The works will cost a total of £120m, Network Rail said.The works will cost a total of £120m, Network Rail said.40,000 Network workers are set to walk out throughout December and January.However, it said the walkouts would disrupt people's first"normal" festive season post-COVID and damage hospitality and retail businesses."Only through reform, that will not result in anyone losing their job, can savings be made that can then be converted into an improved offer.

Picture: Contributor: Ian Davidson / Alamy Stock Photo Richard Haines, Network Rail’s chief executive, said the engineering work would mean "more reliable journeys" for passengers in future.The works will provide vital improvements and routine maintenance for a more reliable railway in the long-term, Network Rail said.Other sectors taking or considering include postal workers, nurses and civil servants.Network Rail carries out the work during holidays as fewer people usually travel by train.Network Rail carries out the work during holidays as fewer people usually travel by train."Christmas is an important time for the railway as it gives us the opportunity to get a lot of work done to improve the railway when trains aren't running, and therefore keep disruption for our passengers at a minimum,” he added.The key disruption includes: No services will start or terminate at Liverpool Street from December 25 until January 2.Greater Anglia, Stansted Express and Cambridge trains will be affected."We owe it to them to stay round the table.

Greater Anglia, Stansted Express and Cambridge trains will be affected.Services to Manchester Piccadilly, Birmingham New Street, Liverpool Lime Street, Birmingham International, Blackpool North, Scotland and Glasgow Central will run to a reduced timetable from Euston December 24-30.There will be no Southern or Gatwick Express trains to or from London Victoria from December 25 to January 2.Most Southern trains will run to and from London Bridge instead, with replacement buses between Clapham Junction and East Croydon.Most Southern trains will run to and from London Bridge instead, with replacement buses between Clapham Junction and East Croydon.Cannon Street station will be closed on Christmas Eve (December 24) and some services will start or terminate at London Bridge.

Lewisham station will also be closed on Christmas Eve and there will be no trains between New Cross, St Johns and Dartford via Bexleyheath.Long-distance services from Euston on the West Coast Main Line will run to a reduced timetable.Long-distance services from Euston on the West Coast Main Line will run to a reduced timetable.People are urged to check before they travel by visiting.

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