Unite’s Network Rail workers to join latest strikes

Unite members employed in electric control rooms will join rail unions in strike action next month

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Unite, the UK’s leading union, has confirmed that its members employed in electric control rooms will join other rail unions in taking strike action next month on Saturday 1 October, Wednesday 5 October and Saturday 8 October.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “Our members at Network Rail play a crucial and demanding role in maintaining the electrical supply to the rail network. To be faced with a three year pay freeze during the worst cost of living crisis in decades is disgraceful. They will continue to receive Unite’s complete support.”

The workers, based at control rooms in Brighton, Paddock Wood, Raynes Park, Romford, Selhurst Park and York, play a vital role in controlling and managing the network’s power supply.

The workers have not received a pay increase for three years and are struggling to make ends meet due to the cost of living crisis and spiralling interest rates.

Unite national officer for rail Harish Patel added, “Network Rail need to urgently return to the bargaining table and make an offer that meets workers’ expectations and tackles the cost of living crisis.”

By Barckley Sumner

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