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Hold up: this weekend’s train strikes have just been called off

RMT has said it will enter into ‘intense’ negotiations with Network Rail

Ella Doyle
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Ella Doyle
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We know, all you hear about at the minute is the train strikes. But listen up, there’s more big news. This weekend’s rail strikes have just been called off completely. 

The rail union RMT has announced that strikes in place for November 5, 7 and 9 are being suspended, as the union and Network Rail have agreed to enter into negotiations. The strikes were being carried out by staff across Network Rail in England, Scotland and Wales, and were set to cause major disruption to services across the UK

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: ‘We have always wanted to secure a negotiated settlement and that is what we will continue to push for in this next phase of intensive talks. Our priority is our members, and we are working towards securing a deal on job security, a decent pay rise and good working conditions.’

He added that RMT’s continued strike action has ‘made the rail employers see sense’, but noted that the union would not hesitate to take more action if needed.

Of this weekend’s services, Tim Shoveller, chief negotiator for Network Rail, said: ‘The very late notice means that services for tomorrow cannot be reinstated and will remain extremely limited.’

Passengers are advised to check their route before they travel, and only take the train where necessary.

Want to know more? Here’s everything you need to know about the UK’s November train strikes

Plus: Royal Mail staff are going on strike on Black Friday.

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