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Unions warn rail strikes could last MONTHS as more walkouts loom

A UNION boss today warned rail strikes could last MONTHS as more walkouts loom in the coming days.

Mick Lynch, of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), said more chaos islikelyif the Government doesn’t give workers what they want.

Mick Lynch today warned the strikes could continue for months

Mick Lynch today warned the strikes could continue for months
Commuters pictured at London Waterloo station

Commuters pictured at London Waterloo station信用: SWNS:西南新闻社

The RMT confirmed 40,000 of its rail workers will strike across 14 train operators next week amid a furious row over jobs, pay and working conditions.

It comes just weeks after they left millions stranded at home 在一个 week of walkouts which caused commuter mayhem.

And the union’s Secretary-General, Mick Lynch, today warned the chaos could continue if bosses fail to reach an agreement with the Government.

Asked if Brits should expectmonths more strikes and disruption,” Mr Lynch, 说: “That is likely to happen, because we’re not able to bridge the gap.

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But the gov may subtly change their positionthey’ve done a lot of u turns in the last period on a number of issues.

So it’s up to themthey can subtly change it or they come to the table and make an announcement. I’m not bothered.

但他补充说: “I want to work with the industry leaders to get a settlement to this dispute.

We’ll do that in a common sense way that everyone can support.

But we are not just going to surrender meekly give in to something that is impossible for us to accept.

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Network Rail said the RMT had walked away from a two-year, eight per cent pay deal with no compulsory redundancy guarantee.

And earlier today rail union Aslef was branded “自私” 为了 going ahead with a strike during the Commonwealth Games.

But Aslef boss Mick Whelan insistedno one is coming to the table to find a solution”.

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It comes after a critical incidentunrelated to the strikeswas declared at Dover this weekend, 和 drivers describing waits of up to “30 小时” for ferries in chaotic scenes.

Ministers are planning to push ahead with minimum service legislation which will ensure the public who rely on the railways are not cut off from work and vital appointments.

Rail bosses have warned of further strike action until they can reach an agreement

Rail bosses have warned of further strike action until they can reach an agreement信用: 环保局