Rail strikes cancelled

Image above: Chiswick station

RMT in talks with train companies

A series of rail strikes which were due to start on Saturday 5 November have been cancelled.

The Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) has called off the strikes after it managed to secure what it describes as “intensive negotiations” with management of the rail companies.

The union announced it would be having “unconditional” talks with Network Rail and train operating companies.

The strikes were to have taken place on Saturday 5, Monday 7 and Wednesday 9 November and would have affected trains run by South Western Railway, which runs trains through Chiswick Station.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said the “threat of strike action” and the union’s “strongly supported industrial campaign” made the rail employers see sense.

He said: “We have always wanted to secure a negotiated settlement and that is what we will continue to push for in this next phase of intensive talks.

“Our priority is our members, and we are working towards securing a deal on job security, a decent pay rise and good working conditions.”

At a Trades Union Congress (TUC) rally at Westminster Central Hall Mick Lynch said MPs had to decide:

“Are you on the side of the workers in 2022 and 2023? There are no neutrals in these struggles.”

In a rousing speech he said the “working class is back … our emancipation is in our hands” and “we refuse to be poor anymore”.

Update Tuesday 8 November – train timetables still disrupted

Early commuters were caught out this morning (Tuesday 8 November) when they turned up at Chiswick station to find there were no trains running until 8.04.

Although the train strikes planned for 5, 7 and 9 November were called off four days ago the rail operating companies are still operating a reduced timetable.

The BBC is reporting that the majority of train operators are running reduced services with only a few offering a normal timetable and services could still be disrupted on Wednesday.

One would-be commuter told The Chiswick Calendar they had planned to go to the gym and get into the office early, instead of which they were going back to bed.

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