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RMT calls off Christmas strike announcing earlier walkout

The union has changed the date of a pre-Christmas walkout. Credit: PA

Rail union RMT has rescheduled a strike calling off a three-day walkout from December 22 to replace it with a 48-hour stoppage from December 19.

The strike, surrounding a bitter dispute over changes to the role of guards, changed the date of the walkout following consultation with passengers and members.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "It is from that daily feedback from passengers that the union has taken the decision to alter the dates for action over Christmas. That's the difference between us and Southern. We listen, they don't."

Strikes scheduled for December 6 to 8 and from New Year's Eve to January 2 remain in place.

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Angry exchange on Southern rail picket line

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Commuters angry at the strike affecting Southern rail services have clashed with members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, who's strike has led to five days of reduced train service.

The confrontation took place outside Victoria Station in London, after one disgruntled passenger complained that the cancellation of 40% of trains meant that people "cannot get to work on time".

Rail strike talks resume as travel chaos looms

Rail strike talks resume as travel chaos looms Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Talks to avert a rail strike have resumed today.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail are due to walk out for 24 hours from next Thursday evening and 48 hours the following week, threatening travel chaos after a new pay offer was rejected.

Mick Cash named new RMT general secretary

Mick Cash has been elected as the new head of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), succeeding Bob Crow.

Mick Cash Credit: Twitter/ Mick Cash

The 54-year-old beat four rivals in a ballot to become the new general secretary.

Mr Cash, who has been a member of the RMT and its predecessor National Union of Railwaymen for 35 years, stood in as acting general secretary after Mr Crow died in March.

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Last-ditch bid to avert Underground strike begins

The London Underground and Rail, Maritime and Transport are holding last-ditch talks just hours before a three day strike, that could affect millions of people across London and surrounding areas.

Conciliation service Acas said the talks between the RMT and London Underground started at 10am.

RMT union members are set to walk out of their jobs for three days at 9pm this evening, in a long-running dispute with the London Underground over ticket office closures.

A two-day strike last week caused huge disruption, with roads clogged as people switched to other forms of transport.

More: RMT: Cuts to 'safety-critical' Tube jobs led us to strike

London Underground cleaners to strike over bonus row

London Underground cleaners will walk out at 05:30am Credit: Press Association

Cleaners on London Underground will launch a 48-hour strike today in a dispute over an Olympic bonus payment.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union employed by private contractors will walk out at 5.30am, with picket lines outside stations including Stratford, close to the Olympic Park.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said:

"With the eyes of the world on the London Olympics the many millions enjoying the events around the globe must not forget the London transport cleaners on minimum pay rates doing some of the dirtiest jobs in often appalling conditions with no Olympics recognition and reward whatsoever."

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