RMT union calls for action on rail strike

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RMT union calls for action on rail strike

In a statement, the RMT's general secretary Mick Lynch said, "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." Network Rail, which maintains the railways throughout Britain, did not make an improved offer during the last two weeks of talks, according to the RMT. The union suspended the strike action due to take place in early November, following what it said was a promise of an offer.

Its spokesman called for the RMT union to stay at the table for the benefit of passengers travelling or shopping over the festive season, as well as businesses in hospitality and retail who are dependent on trade at this time of year.

People are cutting back due to cost of living pressures, and the beginning of the year up to Easter is normally a lean time for hotels, so anything that's going to add to the difficult times is going to have a big impact. Ms Smith is due to meet Transport Secretary Mark Harper on Thursday. The government insists it is not holding up negotiations, and it is for unions and rail employers to come up with an agreement between them.