Grant Shepps told the unions that the rail strike was “an act of self-harm.”

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Rainsport Secretary Grant Sheppard has warned the country’s largest rail union that this week’s strikes will be “a huge act of self-harm” that could jeopardize the future of the industry.

Mr Sheppard dismissed the government’s intervention as a “stunt” by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, saying the union had been “shooting” for industrial action for weeks.

However, Labor said ministers needed to take steps to prevent the network from “blocking” the dispute over pay, conditions and job losses.

On Saturday, RMT confirmed that strikes on Network Rail and 13 train operators would take place on Tuesday, Thursday and next week, and on Tuesday at the London Underground.

Transport Secretary Grant Sheppard says strike will cause trouble for passengers (PA) / PA Wire

General Secretary McLinch said the union had no choice but to act when train operators had not yet offered a paycheck after talks were postponed on Thursday.

“We have to fight it because there is no increase in our salaries. We are facing thousands of job cuts and they want to hire our terms and conditions in a way that is an internal matter of the railways. He told Sky News’ Sophie Ridge on Sunday’s program.

He warned that if no settlement was reached with other railway unions, the industrial action would continue, with its members voting for strike.

“If there is no settlement, we will continue our campaign. I think many more unions across the country are going to vote because people can’t take it any further, “he said.

Mr Shepps, however, said the union had been “shooting” for industrial action for weeks and accused it of “punishing” millions of “innocent people” who would be affected by the strikes.

“Of course, it is a fact that if we cannot modernize these railways, if we cannot achieve the kind of performance that means they can work for the people who travel, then surely these railways The future of the railways itself, “he told Sophie Ridge on Sunday.

“I think going on strike at this time is a big act of self-harm. I don’t believe that the workers anywhere are as militant as their unions who are taking them on the road to Bagh. Shooting for is absolutely unnecessary.

RMT general secretary McLinch said the union could not withstand “major attacks” on its members (RMT / PA). / PA Media

“There is a sensible pay agreement, there is a sensible modernization of the railways which will create a lot of flexibility, but the unions need to understand that the world has changed and people do not have to travel the path of the past. . “

For Labor, Lisa Nandy, secretary of the Shadow Communities, said only the government could resolve the dispute and stop the strikes.

“We know what that means when the train stops, but that’s why the government has to work with cleaners and ticket office staff and station workers because they are the only people who They can do it, “he told the program.

“During the epidemic, they took the right to talk to the train operating companies, so they are the only ones who can solve it and yet they are not ready for it.

Sir Kerr Starmer says ministers want strikes to go ahead so they can ‘end divisions’ (Dave Higgins / PA) / PA Wire

“The biggest problem in this country is not the militants, it’s the militant government.”

Addressing a conference of the Labor Local Government Association in Warwick, Sir Kerr Starmer said the ministers wanted to see the country “stopped” so that they could “end the division”.

“Instead of talking about growing up, they are adding fuel to the fire,” the Labor leader said.

Instead of uniting the people in the national interest, they are fomenting division in their political interest.

Mr Sheppard denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning his ministry have been made more than once.