Network Rail workers are to stage a 24-hour strike on bank holiday Monday from 5 pm in a row over pay. 80% of RMT members voted in favour of a strike on a 60% turnout.
Signallers, maintenance staff and station workers will walk out from the 25th May on the busy holiday weekend all over the UK. This will be the first UK-wide rail strike in 20 years and is because of a decision vote for action from RMT union members.
The RMT said that the strike will mainly impact on passengers the day after, Tuesday the 26th May, but the action is expected to hit what is traditionally a busy bank holiday travel period for millions of rail users.
Network Rail previously said that it will try to make sure that services keep going if strikes go ahead. The most recent pay proposals from Network Rail fell short of what nearly 16,000 workers require to maintain living standards and job security, the union said.
Members have rejected a four year deal which is worth £500 per worker this year, followed by three years of increases matching inflation as well as a no compulsory redundancy commitment to December 2016.
Network Rail run stations across the UK, including 10 in London. They also run and develop Britain’s rail tracks and look after signalling, bridges and tunnels. The new Conservative government is committed to tightening the rules on strike ballots and wants to focus on covering essential public services. This strike action is the first major industrial relations challenge.