COMMUTERS will be plunged into travel chaos yet again next month as staff at NINE train companies vote to strike.
Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association union (TSSA) will walk out from midday on September 26 for 24 hours.
Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association union (TSSA) will walk out from midday on September 26 for 24 hoursGetty
The decision, set to impact most of Britain’s rail network, is the latest action amid an ongoing dispute over pay, job security and conditions.
Alongside nine train operators, staff at Network Rail will also go on strike.
They are demanding the government come back to the negotiating table to revise what union barons branded an “insulting” 2 percent pay rise – rejected earlier in the summer.
In a statement, TSSA union leader Manuel Cortes fumed at the government for the ongoing dispute with railway workers.
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He said: “The dead hand of Grant Shapps is sadly stopping DfT train operating companies from making a revised, meaningful offer.
“Frankly, he either sits across the negotiating table with our union or gets out of the way to allow railway bosses to freely negotiate with us, as they have done in the past.
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“The reason for the current impasse lies squarely at Shapps’ door and passengers are paying a high price for his incompetence and intransigence.
“I welcome the fact that negotiations are ongoing with Network Rail and the gap towards a resolution is narrowing.
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“Time will tell whether a deal can be done to avert our next strike.
“I will be standing on our picket line in Liverpool and will be encouraging fellow delegates and Labour MPs to do likewise, so they can rightly show they stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those fighting the Tories’ cost of living crisis.”