Strike by Brighton trade unionists at the railway station Brighton News

PICTURES resumed in the city today as a second day of rail strikes disrupted rail services.

Members of the RMT union are on strike over wages, job cuts and working conditions, with the majority of train services canceled across the country.

On the second day of the strikes, union members joined the picket line at the New England Road train maintenance depot in Brighton this morning.

The picket group at the depot had doubled in size since Tuesday’s strike, with the next one – held on Saturday – expected to see an even bigger turnout.

RMT members in Brighton were joined by university union Sussex UCU and housing union Acorn.

Sussex UCU said via Twitter that its members had joined the picket line to show their “solidarity” with RMT and give “hope and inspiration” to trade unionists.

Rail provider Govia Thamselink Railway (GTR) said its RMT members had voted against the strike, although passengers should expect “significant” delays to its services.

“We rely on Network Rail signalmen and engineers to keep trains moving, and our services connect to many lines and stations run by other operators whose staff are taking action,” he said.

Angie Doll, CEO of GTR, said: “The strikes are terrible for passengers, especially as the country begins to recover from the pandemic and get back to rail.

L'Argus: RMT unionists strike over wages, working conditions and job cutsRMT union members strike over wages, working conditions and job cuts

“We urge the RMT to work with Network Rail and the rail operators to find a quick solution.

“Services will start much later than normal and end early. All of this can lead to very busy trains and possible delays. Passengers should plan ahead and consider traveling at another time.

Trains will leave later and finish earlier, leaving depots at 7:15 a.m. and finishing at 6:45 p.m. on strike days.

There will also be a reduced schedule on non-strike days, and passengers are advised to check their supplier’s website for updates.

The Argus: Brighton station was quiet on Tuesday, the first day of strikesBrighton station was quiet on Tuesday, the first day of the strike

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said during Prime Minister’s Questions that the UK was “paying the price for the Conservatives’ anti-union rhetoric”.

“Let me repeat today the call for the UK Government to start doing their job, to get around the table to bring about a resolution to this, to drop their union busting and show some respect for workers across the economy,” she said.

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This notice was published: 2022-06-23 14:00:00

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