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Travellers are going through an extra day of disruption on Saturday as 1000’s of transport staff go on strike in a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and situations.

Network Rail, a number of prepare corporations, and bus services in London and components of Surrey might be hit by industrial motion by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT), TSSA and Unite unions which may also have an effect on Sunday morning prepare services.

Rail services on Saturday might be considerably decreased, with solely a few fifth working and half of the traces closed. Trains will solely function between about 7.30am and 6.30pm.

The disruption to bus services in west and south-west London and components of Surrey is the results of a strike on Friday and Saturday by London bus drivers who’re members of Unite, in a separate dispute over pay.

Saturday would be the third consecutive day of business motion by public transport workers this week.

Mick Lynch, boss of the RMT union, apologised for disruption to the tube attributable to strike motion on Friday however warned it could not be the final, if the dispute can’t be resolved with negotiations for a brand new pay deal looming subsequent 12 months.

Lynch stated: “We’re very sorry that people are inconvenienced. We are hoping that people have sympathy for us. We’re ordinary men and women that want to do our jobs and provide a service, but when you’re being cut to pieces by an employer, and by the government, you’ve got to make a stand.

“We can’t stand by and watch our conditions be chopped up. So we’ve got to show them that we’re deadly serious about the future of the services across all of TfL, but also across our members’ conditions, because we don’t know what they’re discussing.”

Lynch stated the union had been shut out of talks between the federal government, the Treasury, and the workplace of the London mayor, Sadiq Khan.

In response to Lynch’s claims, Khan stated he and the RMT union had been “on the same side here, nobody wants the government to be attaching unreasonable conditions to our deal”.

A spokesman for the Department for Transport accused union leaders of “opting to inflict misery” by disrupting journey.

He stated: “It’s clear strikes are not the powerful tool they once were and union chiefs are no longer able to bring the country to a standstill as, unlike them, the world has changed and people simply work from home.

“All these strikes are doing is hurting those people the unions claim to represent, many of whom will again be out of pocket and forced to miss a day’s work.”

Source: www.theguardian.com

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