Nions reacted with fury to reports Labor had banned its commoners from rail lines before mass strikes were set to cripple the land’s rail services. country.
A leaked memo from the party leader’s office said it did not want to see industrial action resume, and accused the Government of failing to engage in any negotiations.
But it said shadow cabinet members “shouldn’t be on picky lines”, and asked them to speak to team members to remind them of this.
Thousands of members of the Rail, Marine and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail and 13 train operators are leaving on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, amid an outbreak of industrial action. on the largest railroad in a generation.
Services across the UK will start to be affected from Monday evening, with just a fifth of trains running on strike days, mainly on main lines and for only about 11 hours.
Negotiations between RMT and Network Rail were still held on Monday night, just hours before the start of the first strike, but the row remained deadlocked, with all sides blaming each other for the lack of progress the set.
RMT and Unite are also hosting a 24-hour walk on the London Underground, which will cause major disruption to the Underground.
Sharon Graham, the general secretary of Unite, attacked Labor over the reports regarding the leaked memo.
She told the PA news agency: “The Labor Party is made up of unions and we expect Labor MPs to defend workers, in word and deed. To instruct Labor MPs not to stand at the barricades to greet workers speaks volumes.
“You don’t lead by hiding. No one respects that. It’s time to decide which side you’re on. Bad worker or boss? ”
Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the Association of Sage Workers, said: “This is nonsense nonsense from the party created by trade unions. Solidarity is what our movement is all about.”
The memo, viewed by Politics Home, said heads would “expect severe disruption this week as a result of RMT’s industrial action”.
“We have solid lines. We don’t want to see these strikes continue to cause disruption to the public. The government has not been involved in any negotiations,” it said.
“However, we must also demonstrate leadership, and to that end, please be reminded that frontrunners including (congressional private secretary) should not be on picky lines. .
“Please speak to all members of your team to remind them of this and confirm to me that you have done so.”
Labor declined to comment.