Parts of Britain are facing more travel problems with rail, bus and motorway workers walking off the job today in the ongoing dispute over pay and conditions.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will start a new 48-hour strike, after talks failed to make progress on Thursday.
The RMT said “further discussions” had been agreed but “in the meantime all industrial action remains in place”.
The union is involved in two disputes – one with Network Rail, where it represents around 20,000 signalers and maintenance workers, and the other with the Rail Delivery Group, where it represents around 20,000 workers at 14 train companies.
Members of both groups will strike today and tomorrow, and then 3-4. January and 6-7 January, with RMT members in Network Rail also striking from 18.30 on Christmas Eve until 06.00 on 27 December.
TSSA (Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association) members at Network Rail voted on Thursday to accept a pay offer, but members at Avanti West Coast will continue with strike action today.
Passengers across the rail network have been warned not to travel.
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Meanwhile, bus drivers employed by Abellio in south and west London will strike today and tomorrow as part of the dispute over pay.
Their union – Unite – said Abellio has failed to engage in “meaningful pay talks” over pay rises and its members are among the lowest paid in London.
Their colleagues at Metroline in North and West London were due to strike today, but they accepted an offer earlier this month – an 11% pay rise with a 10% increase in redundancy pay.
Members of the public and commercial services union working for National Highways will walk out in the North West, North East and Yorkshire today, while other parts of the country will be affected in the coming weeks.
PCS said the workers plan, design, build, operate and maintain the country’s roads and the strikes risked bringing the network to “a standstill”.
Their dispute is about wages, pensions, job security and layoff conditions.
National Highways said around 125 of its 1,500 frontline operational staff would take part in the strikes, which it said were between 10 and 25 people per region.
It said: “We are working to ensure that any industrial action will not affect road users’ experience and are confident that the impact of the strikes will be dealt with.”
Rail, bus and highway workers are among hundreds of thousands of workers to strike this winter, as inflation and other cost-of-living pressures put a hold on wages.
Also on strike today are more than 900 staff working at the Rural Payments Agency, DVSA staff in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and Eurostar security guards.
However, a strike planned today by ground handlers employed by Menzies at Heathrow Airport has been called off.