Rail strike 'standstill' warning for Bank Holiday weekend

Rail passengers are being warned that services will be at a "standstill" in the morning after the Bank Holiday due to a strike by Network Rail workers due to start at 5pm on Monday May 25.

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Network Rail: 'Deplorable' strike timed to cause maximum disruption

The chief executive of Network Rail said he found the timing of the strike decision by RMT staff as "deplorable" and said they are trying to get them back into negotiation.

This strike is deliberately timed to cause maximum disruption to families trying to enjoy the half-term break and millions more returning to work after the bank holiday. I find it deplorable that the RMT can hold the travelling public to ransom in this way. This week we have been talking to ACAS to try to get the RMT back around the table. The public knows only too well that our railway must improve. We want to work with the unions so that we can reward our staff through improved productivity.

– Mark Carne

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Rail strike first industrial relations test for new government

Network's Rail's 24-hour strike over the Spring bank holiday is the first test of industrial relations for the new Conservative government.

RMT members will walk out on Bank Hliday Monday Credit: PA Wire

The Tories are planning tough new laws to stymie the power of the unions in calling strikes but with an 80% ballot turnout, the RMT was well above the government's proposed threshold.

RMT leader Mick Cash said: " We have a massive mandate for action which shows the anger of safety-critical staff across the rail network at attacks on their standards of living and their job security.

"It is appalling that NR are refusing point blank to take this dispute seriously, to understand the deep-seated grievance felt by their staff and to come forward with a renewed offer which protects pay, jobs and safety."

Rail passengers warned of 'standstill' Bank Holiday

Rail passengers are being warned that services will be at a "standstill" in the morning after the Bank Holiday due to a strike by Network Rail workers due to start at 5pm on Monday May 25.

Network Rail workers are set to stage a 24-hour over the bank holiday weekend. Credit: Press Association.

The union said services will be hit from Monday but warned that the biggest impact will be on the Tuesday.

The strike will affect football fans leaving Wembley after the Championship play-off final, which kicks off at 3pm on bank holiday Monday. An official warned "services will be at a standstill".

There is a programme of Network Rail engineering work being conducted over the bank holiday weekend.

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