Train services will remain disrupted on Wednesday due to this week’s rail strike as talks have resumed to resolve the ongoing dispute over jobs, wages and conditions.
One of the five trains ran on Tuesday after the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) members and 13 train operators on Network Rail (NR) staged the first three walkouts, with strikes on Thursday and Saturday.
Members of the RMT on the London Underground also went on strike on Tuesday.
The combined action caused travel chaos across Britain, with travel taking longer and roads crammed with traffic as people switched to cars or buses to go to work.
Chaos will continue on Wednesday as only 60% trains are running, mainly due to delay in starting of services signal and control room staff not doing overnight shifts.
In another attempt to break the impasse, the RMT will hold a meeting with NR and train companies on Wednesday.
RMT Secretary General Mick Lynch said Tuesday’s turnout at the picket lines was “fantastic” and exceeded expectations in the union’s campaign for job security, salvage conditions and a decent wage increase.
RMT Secretary General Mick Lynch at a picket line outside King’s Cross (Stephen Russo/PA)
He said: “Our members will continue the campaign and have shown excellent unity in attempting to resolve this dispute.
“RMT members are paving the way for all workers in this country who are sick and tired of slashing their wages and conditions with a mix of huge business benefits and government policy.
“Now is the time for every single railway worker to stand up and fight in this dispute that we will win.”
A spokesman for the Transport Department said: “These are much-needed reforms that modernize the railways and keep it at a sustainable level for commuters and taxpayers.
“Unions have shut down large parts of the rail network, affecting local businesses and unfairly cutting people off from hospitals, schools and work.
“However, preliminary data suggests that unlike before, many people now have the opportunity to work from home, so we are in no rush to take to the streets, as traffic has gone online, which means unions has not got. The overall effect they would have expected. ,
The union has been asked by Network Rail to participate in formal consultation talks on the introduction of “modern working practices” next month.
Network Rail executive Tim Schowler said the changes would mean “dumping old working practices and introducing new technology”.
He added: “We expect this to reduce roles by about 1,800, much of which will be lost through voluntary severance and natural wastage.”
According to an opinion poll, a majority of adults believe rail strikes are justified.
A survey of over 2,300 people by Savanta Comres showed that 58% said industrial action was justified.
Young adults aged 18-34 (72%) and Labor voters (79%) were more likely to consider strikes fair than their older, 55+ age-group, (44%) and Conservative-voting (38%) counterparts. There was a possibility.
Of those five surveyed, three said they were generally supportive of the industrial action theory, while only 35% were generally opposed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave notice to the public for further strike action as Downing Street said it would “not give in” to the demands of rail unions.
Mr Johnson warned passengers that they must be prepared to “definitely stay” and urged railroad owners and unions to agree a modernization package to safeguard the future of the industry.