Biggest UK rail strike in decades is set to go ahead 

The threat of a national rail strike has moved closer after union activists gave the go-ahead for co-ordinated action if a dispute over pay and jobs is not resolved.

Delegates at the annual conference of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association also called on the Government to address the cost-of-living crisis.

The union is consulting its representatives about a possible national ballot for industrial action at Network Rail and train operating companies in a dispute over pay, terms and conditions, and job security.

Passengers at King’s Cross Station in central London during the May Bank Holiday

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes warned: ‘If there is even the threat of compulsory redundancies, we will be balloting for strike action and trains will come to a halt.

The union is consulting its representatives about a possible national ballot for industrial action at Network Rail and train operating companies in a dispute over pay, terms and conditions, and job security

‘We will be balloting for strike action if there is the threat of compulsory redundancies on our railways, if we do not get pay increases that match the cost of living and if employers use the economic downturn as another opportunity to change our members’ terms and conditions without negotiations.

‘Make no mistake, trains will be coming to a halt in this country very soon if our members’ interests are not protected going forward.’

Members of the RMT rail union have voted 8:1 in favour of strike action over jobs, pay and conditions. The union says officials are discussing “a timetable for strike action from mid-June

Last week, it was reported that RMT was planning ‘Extinction Rebellion style’ strike action that would cause summer travel chaos in a row over jobs and pay – as a senior figure said the RMT union

is preparing for ‘civil disobedience’.

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