Rail strikes: Second day of industrial action looms as transport secretary denies ‘total lie’ he ‘wrecked’ RMT talks
Sky News says A SECOND DAY of industrial action looms as the transport secretary denies claims he “wrecked” strike talks – calling it a “total lie”.
Rail workers will walk out today after Network Rail and the RMT union failed to make a breakthrough in negotiations to avoid a second day of industrial action this week.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch laid the blame at the door of Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, saying he ruined talks by “not allowing Network Rail to withdraw their letter threatening redundancy for 2,900 of our members”.
Mr Lynch said disruption would continue until the union secures a deal that “delivers job security and a pay rise for our members that deals with the escalating cost-of-living crisis”.
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