Commuter chaos lies ahead as rail strikes planned

Train operators and commuters across the country face more turmoil over the
coming weeks after further rail strikes were announced.

South West Trains services, which have already been hit by four days of
strikes by the RMT, face further disruption and the union is also planning four
days of industrial action by its members at Arriva Trains Northern.

North of the border, only three-quarters of trains are running at ScotRail
after union members imposed a rest day working ban in protest at a 3 per cent
pay rise in response to their demand for a 22 per cent increase.

More than 2,000 RMT members are poised for a 48-hour strike on 24 and 25
January after the union opposed a 7.6 per cent pay offer by SWT.

Arriva Trains industrial action over pay, is planned for 24 and 25 January
and 5 and 6 February.

Andrew Haines, managing director of SWT, said the firm’s pay offer is a step
forward.

"Our pay award is more than fair. We hope staff will recognise this and
bring this damaging dispute to an end," he said.

However, the RMT claimed it was worse than the previous offer.

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