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Network Rail map reveals only routes running

National Rail Chief Executive Andrew Haines said: “Talks are not as advanced as I had hoped and as such we must prepare for an unnecessary national rail strike and the damaging effects it will have.

“We and our train operations colleagues are preparing to offer the best possible service to passengers and freight users despite the measures taken by the RMT next week.

“We will continue to talk to try and find a compromise that could avert this extremely damaging strike, but make no mistake, the level of service we are able to offer will be significantly impacted and passengers need to take that into account and plan ahead and.” Only travel if it is really necessary.”

Why railway staff are on strike

NR has made a 2.5 per cent salary offer to the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA), which votes its members in NR for strikes, but talks with the RMT are ongoing.

Mr Haines said NR was looking to cut between 1,500 and 2,000 jobs and insisted this could be achieved on a voluntary basis, specifically that a “significant” number of staff were over 60.

NR wanted to introduce changes to work practices related to technology, such as For example, using drones to inspect tracks and infrastructure, which the company says would be safer than using workers on the tracks and would also be less expensive.

“There’s a history of resistance to technology-driven change, but we can’t stem the tide,” Mr. Haines said.

He cited a move by NR to launch an app to communicate with workers across the country, which he said took a year to reach a union agreement.

Railways are facing a “fundamental financial deficit” with fewer passengers traveling as a result of the pandemic, particularly on Fridays, although weekend leisure travel figures have improved, NR said.

Meanwhile, the RMT has called for talks with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

Secretary-General Mick Lynch said in a letter that the Treasury Department “is in charge” and will not allow rail employers to reach a negotiated settlement.

“In fact, the union has been negotiating with the government for the last few weeks but the government has not been in the room,” he wrote.

Mr Haines disputed the RMT’s claim, saying the Treasury had set a financial framework but NR was holding talks on productivity, which he said was needed for wage increases.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/15/network-rail-strike-lines-routes-affected-map/ Network Rail map reveals only routes running

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