Rail workers could cause “a summer of discontent” across Britain unless wages rise in line with inflation, a union boss has warned.

Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the white-collar TSSA union, said: “We will not sit idly by as the Tories cost of living crisis hits our members.

“Many of our members haven’t seen a raise in two years, and the skyrocketing price tag is enough.

“If the Department of Transport, train operators and the Rail Network don’t come up with a wage increase proposal soon, at least in line with inflation, a summer of discontent is brewing on the lines. our railroads.”

Just as demand for wages increases with the 9% inflation rate, TSSA is in a dispute with Network Rail over job security and working conditions.

The union is consulting on a possible national vote for industrial action at Network Rail and UK train operators.

A vote by more than 40,000 members of the larger RMT union for the first national rail strike is underway and ends next Tuesday, May 24.

The general secretary, Mick Lynch, previously said: “Our members are very motivated to give a huge ‘yes’ vote.”

The union is threatening industrial action at both Network Rail and train operators over pay, redundancies and demands “to ensure there will be no adverse changes to the way work is done”.

A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators, said: “The pandemic has been an unprecedented shock to railways, with passenger numbers being the lowest in more than 150 years and levels record public funding to stay afloat.

“Our whole focus now is on ensuring a prosperous future for rail that adapts to new travel patterns and receives no more than its fair share from taxpayers, rather than staging Early industrial activity could disrupt passenger lives and pose risks to the industry’s recovery.

“All train operators want a raise for their employees and are working hard to make that happen. However, as an industry, we must change the way we work and improve productivity to help pay our own way – alternatives are to ask taxpayers to shoulder the extra burden after contributing an extra £16 billion to the industry during its run, or paying passengers even higher fares when they too are feeling the pinch, is simply not fair. ”

If the RMT vote gets a majority in favor of industrial action, the earliest possible date to strike is June 7 – after the four-day weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Year.


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