Biggest rail strike in a generation to paralyse UK travel network

Mick Lynch, RMT general secretary, said: “Our union will now launch a sustained campaign of industrial action which will paralyze the rail system.”

Last year he said: “The unions must take a fighting stance – and use the weapon of the strike where it is appropriate.”

GB Railfreight Chief Executive John Smith added: “The RMT strikes will not only affect passenger services but will also severely impact the UK rail freight network.

“As a main artery for UK supply chains, consumers and businesses will find it harder to buy or move goods if we are unable to operate. In a worst-case scenario, we could also see some disruptions in the supply of critical goods and materials, such as power sources for UK power plants on our trains.”

Involved in the strike action alongside National Rail are: Chiltern Railways, Cross Country Trains, Greater Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Great Western Railway, Northern Trains, Southeastern, South Western Railway, Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast and West Midlands trains. Biggest rail strike in a generation to paralyse UK travel network

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