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More Rail Strikes Extremely Likely, Says Union Boss

If discussions between rail executives and unions fall down, more train Strikes are “very possible,” according to the union at the centre of the conflict. Government officials refuted Mick Lynch’s assertion that the government was obstructing a deal. Travelers may experience delays for a second day this week as a result of a train workers’ walkout.

About half of the network is shut down, and trains have stopped running through parts of England, Wales, and Scotland. On Saturday, there will be another another walkout. However, Mick Lynch, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) workers’ union, had previously told BBC Breakfast that Saturday’s industrial action would not be the last. Downing Street advised the unions to end the Strikes.

In order to determine “whether and when there has to be a new phase of industrial action,” he added that negotiations would continue and that he would contact the members. But he added, “If we don’t obtain a settlement, it’s quite likely there will be.” Network Rail’s senior negotiator, Tim Shoveller, said it was “hugely upsetting” that discussions to end the second day of Strikes on Wednesday fell failed. Network Rail is responsible for maintaining the railroads throughout Britain.

Both sides have made allegations that outsiders are impeding development. The government has a hand in this, according to Mr. Lynch, who said: “The [rail] firms leave the room to speak with government ministers and department officials, and frequently when they return the situation is worse.” However, Network Rail, with whom the RMT is negotiating, asserted that it was the RMT and not the government that had stymied talks. Prior to the RMT leaving the meeting to seek advice from their board on Wednesday, according to Mr. Shoveller, they believed they had an agreement.

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