New train strikes announced that could cripple the Brent section of the Bakerloo Line
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A strike by rail workers that would paralyse the Brent section of the Bakerloo Line could be back on – just over a week since it was called off at the eleventh hour.
Today Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) working for Network Rail (NR) have announced planned walkouts for 24 hours from 5pm on June 4 and for 48 hours from the same time on June 9.
The industrial action has been called in a row over pay
A proposed strike over the Bank Holiday Weekend was suspended after NR tabled a fresh pay offer but this has sine been rejected by the union resulting in today’s announcement.
If the strike goes ahead no trains will run north of Queen’s Park as that section relies on NR signals and power supply.
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Parts of the District and Waterloo & City lines and the London Overground could also be affected.
Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said: “We have a massive mandate for action which shows the anger of safety-critical staff across the rail network at attacks on their standards of living and the blunt truth is that this dispute could be settled for a fraction of the money being handed out in senior manager bonuses and to the train operators for not running services.
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Condemning the proposed strike, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Millions of hardworking people will be disrupted by this unnecessary and unreasonable strike action.
“Over the past four years Network Rail staff have enjoyed pay rises eight times higher than other public sector workers. By any measure RMT members already get a fair deal.”