BREAKING NEWS: UK rail strike to go ahead next week

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RMT, the union representing UK railway workers confirmed this morning June 18 that the rail strike will go ahead next week.

The union said that after failing to reach an agreement with the railway network, the rail strike planned for June 21, 23 and 25 would go ahead.

More than 50,000 workers are expected to stay away in a dispute over wages and job cuts, the biggest strike in more than 30 years.

A statement on Twitter said: “Despite the best efforts of our negotiators, no viable settlements to the disputes have been created.

“So today, having heard the reports on the discussions that have been taking place, we are confirming that the strike action … will go ahead.”

The rail strike has been criticised by residents, workers, businesses and the government who have all said that the timing was inopportune and could force the country into a recession.

The latter, in a tweet from the former Health and Care Secretary Matt Hancock, was issued a swift rebuke from the Union who accused the Conservative MP of having wasted enough money during his time in office to have given all public sector workers an inflation-busting increase.

Train operators have said they plan to run severely reduced timetables, with significant disruption also expected on the days in between the strikes.

With the rail strike to go ahead, the industry has warned passengers not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

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Peter McLaren-Kennedy

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