ail passengers face continued journey chaos on Saturday due to extra industrial motion by drivers and different staff in long-running disputes over pay, jobs and circumstances.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at 14 prepare working corporations will strike, whereas drivers will ban additional time.
Providers had been crippled on Friday when drivers within the Aslef union walked out, leaving massive components of England with no trains all day.
Passengers will proceed to face disruption on Saturday, with trains beginning later and ending sooner than traditional.
The RMT mentioned it had acquired a reply from the Rail Supply Group to a “road-map” it had advised final month to interrupt the impasse.
Common secretary Mick Lynch mentioned: “After per week, the RDG has formally responded to our initiative to attempt to attain a negotiated settlement to the nationwide dispute.
“Whereas it’s encouraging that the prepare working corporations wish to proceed dialogue with us subsequent week, a contemporary proposal shall be wanted to progress this dispute in direction of a settlement.
“Their most up-to-date proposal has been rejected and we must attempt to see if we will discover a approach ahead.
“Our strike motion stays on this Saturday and our industrial marketing campaign will proceed till we attain a negotiated settlement on working circumstances, job safety and pay.
“RMT has laid out a complete framework on how we will attain a negotiated settlement and is ready to satisfy at anytime, 24/7.
“It’s now as much as ministers to interrupt the impasse and permit rail bosses to place ahead a revised provide.
“We’ve got negotiated dozens of offers with rail employers throughout the nation, all through the final 18 months.
“But we’re nonetheless unable to discover a approach ahead on this dispute which the Division for Transport has final accountability for.”
Talking at a picket line in Euston, north London, Aslef basic secretary Mick Whelan informed the PA information company: “The suggestions we get – and we discuss to drivers daily – is that they’re in it for the lengthy haul.
“You’ve acquired to recollect a few of our members, after we get to the top of this yr, shall be 5 years and not using a pay rise, so there’s no signal of any weakening or any lack of resolve, and our members in lots of circumstances wish to go tougher and quicker.”
He mentioned he doesn’t at the moment see an finish level to the dispute, including: “That is purely a political response to the dispute. Solely when the ministers take the reins off the prepare working corporations will this get resolved.”
Robert Nisbet, spokesman for the Rail Supply Group (RDG) – which represents prepare operators, mentioned Aslef should present “motion” on adjustments to working practices.
Requested why no talks have been held between the RDG and Aslef since April, Mr Nisbet informed BBC Radio 4’s Right now programme: “As a result of they won’t settle for that core precept.”
He added: “We’re on the lookout for motion on that.”
Earlier Mr Nisbet mentioned: “The primary downside right here for the time being with Aslef is that they gained’t settle for a hyperlink to altering the best way that the trade runs.
“We’ve got to face the truth that the trade has modified considerably since Covid as a result of commuters are usually not coming again within the numbers that they thought.
“There’s a 30% dip in income, so we’re asking unions to be reasonable, to have a look at the scenario as it’s for the time being.”
Operators wish to cease counting on drivers working additional time shifts for Sunday providers to run.
Aslef claims no prepare corporations make use of sufficient drivers to offer a full weekend service with out drivers engaged on their days off.
A Division for Transport spokesperson mentioned: “After taxpayers supported rail staff all through the pandemic, it’s irritating to see each Aslef and RMT coordinate their strikes with the purpose of inflicting as a lot disruption as attainable on the final weekend of the summer season holidays.
“There stays truthful and cheap gives on the desk for each unions, one which might convey the common prepare driver’s salaries as much as £65,000 and one which RMT members working for Community Rail accepted months in the past.
“Continued industrial motion is disappointing and delays the reforms that might in the end profit passengers, rail staff and taxpayers.”
Friday’s strike coincided with the ultimate day of session on controversial plans to shut most railway ticket places of work, which has sparked tons of of 1000’s of responses from the general public.
A Rail Supply Group spokesperson added: “The trade shall be working laborious to maintain as many providers operating as attainable. There isn’t any query the strikes known as by the RMT and Aslef leaderships are intentionally designed to focus on passengers who wish to take pleasure in numerous sporting occasions and the top of the summer season holidays, disrupting their plans, hurting native economies and forcing extra vehicles onto the highway.
“This, regardless of the RMT having repeatedly refused their memberships a vote on gives of as much as 13% for the bottom paid over two years, which might simply settle this dispute.
“Whereas we welcome any try and resolve this dispute and we’re at all times open to talks, sadly each the content material and the timing of the provide made by the RMT management on the eve of strike motion final week suggests it’s not a critical try to maneuver ahead.”
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