'I'm not the Grinch': RMT union boss Mick Lynch defends new Christmas and New Year strikes

11/23/2022 8:04:00 AM

'I'm not the Grinch': RMT union boss Mick Lynch defends new Christmas and New Year strikes

'I'm not the Grinch': RMT union boss Mick Lynch defends new Christmas and New Year strikes

More walkouts are planned on the trains - this time over the festive period - as two weeks of talks fail to produce a deal.

voting to continue striking for another six months.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.November 22, 2022 The National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport workers' General Secretary added:"This latest round of strikes will show how important our members are to the running of this country and will send a clear message that we want a good deal on job security, pay and conditions for our people.18 November, 2022 Mr Lynch said in a statement: “Our message to the public is we are sorry to inconvenience you, but we urge you to direct your anger and frustration at the government and railway employers during this latest phase of action.

Train drivers who belong to the Aslef union are staging a separate strike this Saturday, hitting services run by 11 operators, including Great Western and Southeastern.Strikes planned for the start of November were previously cancelled by the RMT after it said it would enter a fortnight of"intensive negotiations"." Advertisement Rail workers were due to take to the picket lines on 5, 7 and 9 November but cancelled walkouts and engaged in two weeks of talks.But Mr Lynch said on Tuesday that a commitment from train companies to table a written offer at the end of those talks had not materialised.This whole process has become a farce that only the new Secretary of State can resolve.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.Image: Mick Lynch General secretary Mick Lynch said:"After a fortnight of talks, the TOCs [train operating companies] had committed to making a firm offer in writing for the first time today."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," said Tim Shoveller.RMT added that it has received communications from all 14 of the train operators to say RDG does not have the authority to conduct negotiations on their behalf.

"And while progress has been made over these last two weeks, we still have yet to find that breakthrough." "This is on top of Network Rail failing to make a new proposal at the end of last week."We call upon all trades unionists in Britain to take a stand and fight for better pay and conditions in their respective industries."We will not give-up and hope that the RMT will return to the table next week with a more realistic appreciation of the situation." 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".Tim Shoveller, Network Rail's chief negotiator, said:"No-one can deny the precarious financial hole in which the railway finds itself.The Rail Delivery Group, which represents train companies, said"the outline of a credible deal" had emerged in the latest talks." When are the December and January RMT union strikes happening? The strikes are set to take place on December 13, 14, 16, and 17 while in January, mass walkouts lasting 48 hours are scheduled for January 3, 4, 6, and 7.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.We will not give-up and hope that the RMT will return to the table with a more realistic appreciation of the situation.

The rail strikes are perhaps the most high profile among a wave of recent industrial action.Other sectors taking or considering include postal workers, nurses and civil servants."We will not give-up and hope that the RMT will return to the table next week with a more realistic appreciation of the situation.Related Topics.

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their service is not good enough to deserve any pay, let alone a pay rise He's not. The government are completely and utterly responsible for forcing this action through a decade of mismanagement corruption and class war. No strikes over Christmas and New Year…get that right. The last strike day is the 17th December. That’s not Christmas. Then nothing until after the new year.

Whose he kidding! The railway workers are well paid, especially the drivers, in comparison to the rest of us. I’m sick to my back teeth of railway unions holding the working class to ransom and then saying there doing it all for the good of us all Ugh maybe if people knew the reasons for striking Why not get the Government to get them round the table to get a deal out?

Mick grinch No public support just annoying people Maybe you should run the story on the tories blocking the transport companies from offering a pay deal....

Fresh rail strikes to hit peak Christmas travel, RMT union announces'We're sorry to inconvenience you but we urge you to direct your anger and frustration at the govt and the railway employers during this latest phase of action' says RMT general secretary Mick Lynch. 📺 Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233 and YouTube Solidarity. Thick Mick! All of them need a sack. Wait until the run up to Xmas to strike... Let me just add, no one sympathises when you are obstructing the economy for Xmas. Even the corporate world.

No u r nastier Well that is nail in coffin 4 many shops & hospitality industry as ppl cannot go Christmas shopping or attend get-2gethers. There r also many an elderly relative going 2 b alone as family cannot travel. Still - Lynch is ok on fat salary as he destroys more than 1 industry. Time to increase automation of the railways.

Maybe stop trying to trick Lynch (can’t be done) or paint him as a villain, and report the news instead?

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