10 May 2023
RMT Press Office:
RAIL union RMT has announced strike action on Saturday May 13, 2023 at 14 train operating companies to demand a fair deal for rail workers.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that while the rail companies were threatening passengers and rail workers with cuts, the companies made a fortune during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This strike takes place in the wake of a recent re-ballot of members working for 14 train operating companies which massively re-affirmed a mandate for further strike action.
“Throughout this dispute – which has gone on for over a year – the government has tied the hands of the railway companies and prevented them offering a fair deal.
“We are striking so that the employers and government can see the huge anger amongst rail workers is very real and they need to recognise that fact, face reality and make improved proposals.
“We are calling for the rail companies to get around the table with RMT and negotiate in good faith for a better deal for rail workers,” he said.
All the ballots passed the 50 per cent participation threshold imposed by the government’s anti-trade union laws and included massive votes for further strike action.
Note to editors:
The Saturday May 13 date was chosen to take action as it was the last date allowed under this country’s anti-trade union laws.