December train strikes: Extra train strikes planned over Christmas

Extra rail strikes have been scheduled over the Christmas period, the RMT union says.

Staff at Network Rail, about half the workers involved in a pay dispute, are expected to walk out from 6pm on Christmas Eve until 27 December.

A new offer was made by the company on Sunday but the union is urging members to reject it.

Planned strike action – due to start next week and continue into January – will also go ahead, the union added.

It is part of a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions as the cost of living soars.

As well as the strikes on 24 – 27 December, industrial action at 14 train companies across four 48-hour periods take place on:

Passengers had already been warned to plan their travel well in advance over Christmas, with some 5% of the rail network shut for engineering works – although many trains do not run over Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The RMT union is putting a new offer from Network Rail to its members in an electronic referendum, which will close in a…

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