UK to face second national rail strike

London, June 23 (UNI) Another day of rail strike in the UK will be held on Wednesday as the Network Rail and the RMT union failed to reach any conclusion to avoid a second day of industrial action in one week.

Sky News quoted Transport Secretary Grant Shapps as saying that the RMT’s claim was a “total lie” and he had “nothing to do” with withdrawing the letter in question.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch blamed Shapps for ruining talks by “not allowing Network Rail to withdraw their letter threatening redundancy for 2,900 of our members”.

He said that disruption would continue until the union secures a deal that “delivers job security and a pay rise for our members that deals with the escalating cost-of-living crisis,” Sky News reported.

No strike was held on Wednesday but the services were remained severely disrupted across the railways and London Underground.

According to Sky News, some 13 train operators will see RMT members walk out again on Thursday, as well as Aslef-affiliated train drivers for Greater Anglia, causing yet more disruption on railways with only a handful of services running up and down the country.

On Tuesday, Britain faced its worst rail strikes for 30 years after 50,000 union members went on strike demanding 11 per cent pay rise.

This forced thousands of commuters to take buses or cars, resulting in long queues on the roads.

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