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New rail strike by 40,000 workers ‘will effectively shut down the network’

Commuters are facing more misery after unions announced a fresh wave of strikes across the country’s rail network.

Around 40,000 members of the RMT at Network Rail and 15 train operators will walk out on October 8 in a move the union said would "effectively shut down the railway network".

That comes on top of existing strikes planned for October 1 and 5.

Mick Lynch, RMT general secretary, said it was encouraging that new Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan had met the union.

However, he said workers had “no choice” but to continue strike action as no new pay offer had been tabled.

Workers at the RMT, Aslef and TSSA are all planning industrial action early next month as the so-called summer of discontent threatens to continue into winter.


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