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‘Biggest rail strike in modern history’ WILL go ahead after pay talks fail

RAIL and tube strikes WILL go ahead next week after pay talks with union leaders derailed.

The strikes are expected to be the biggest in modern history, with a whopping 40,000 union members hanging up their uniforms following a dispute over pay.

The strikes are expected to be the biggest in modern history

The strikes are expected to be the biggest in modern historyCredit: Alamy

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said it had held discussions in the past few weeks at senior levels with Network Rail, train operators and London Underground.

General secretary Mick Lynch moaned: “Despite the best efforts of our negotiators no viable settlements to the disputes have been created.”

Members of RMT at Network Rail and 13 train operators will strike on June 21, 23 and 25 – bringing the country to a standstill.

The RMT said members are striking over job cuts and below-inflation pay rises, with the Government slashing funding for National Rail and Transport for London.

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It is expected to cost the British economy £100 million, the Centre for Economics and Business Research said.

Tube workers will strike on June 21 to coincide with the first rail strike, threatening widespread travel chaos.