More disruptions to train and bus services as transport strikes continue |  railway strikes

More disruptions to train and bus services as transport strikes continue | railway strikes

Commuters face another day of disruption Saturday as thousands of transport workers go on strike in a long-running dispute over wages, jobs and conditions.

Network Rail, several train companies and bus services in London and parts of Surrey will be affected by industrial action by Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT), TSSA and Unite unions, which will also affect train services on Sunday by the morning.

Saturday rail services will be substantially curtailed, with only around a fifth running and half of the lines closed. Trains will only operate between 7:30 am and 6:30 pm

The disruption to bus services in west and south-west London and parts of Surrey is the result of a strike on Friday and Saturday by London bus drivers who are members of Unite, in a separate wage dispute.

Saturday will be the third straight day of industrial action by transit employees this week.

Mick Lynch, head of the RMT union, apologized for the disruption to the tube caused by Friday’s strike, but warned it would not be the last, if the dispute is not resolved with negotiations for a new pay deal due next year.

Lynch said: “We are very sorry that people are inconvenienced. We hope people have sympathy for us. We are ordinary men and women who want to do our jobs and provide a service, but when you are being cut to pieces by an employer and the government, you must resist.

“We cannot sit idly by and see how our conditions are cut. So we have to show them that we’re serious about the future of services across TfL, but also about our members’ conditions, because we don’t know what they’re talking about.”

Lynch said the union had been excluded from talks between the government, the Treasury and London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s office.

In response to Lynch’s claims, Khan said that he and the RMT union were “on the same side here, nobody wants the government to put unreasonable terms on our agreement.”

A Department of Transportation spokesman accused union leaders of “choosing to inflict misery” by cutting off travel.

He said: “It is clear that strikes are not the powerful tool they once were and union bosses can no longer bring the country to a standstill as, unlike them, the world has changed and people are simply working from home.

“Everything these strikes are doing is hurting the people the unions claim to represent, many of whom will again be out of money and forced to miss a day of work.”

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