RMT calls UK rail workers out on bank holiday strike

RMT calls UK rail workers out on bank holiday strike

Holidaymakers in the UK are expected to see disruption during the upcoming bank holiday weekend, with rail workers announcing they will walk out on strike in a dispute over pay.

Network Rail workers will hold a 24-hour strike from 17:00 on May 25th, bank holiday Monday.

It follows a decisive vote for action from RMT union members and will be the first UK-wide rail strike in 20 years.

Condemning the strike, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said Network Rail had made a “fair offer” to employees.

RMT said the main impact on passengers will be felt on Tuesday May 26th.

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However, the action is expected to hit what is traditionally a busy Bank Holiday travel period for millions of rail users.

RMT members recently rejected a four-year deal 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.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said Network Rail had left members “with no option but to move to a rolling programme of industrial action”.