Rail workers vote for more strikes

RMT members at 14 train operating companies and Network Rail have voted in favour of further strike action in the latest ballot.

The union says the average turnout across the companies was 70.2%, with 91.7% voting for strikes. In total, 65% of those eligible to vote did so in favour of strikes: the legal threshold allowing strike action is 40% of those eligible to vote. The union’s mandate for strikes is therefore extended for up to six months.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: ‘The National Executive Committee will now look at these fantastic results and negotiations will continue with Network Rail and the train operating companies.

‘This union is determined to continue with this campaign until the employers understand that they need to respond to our members' aspirations on job security, pay and working conditions.’