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


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.

Industry owners insisted a settlement was still possible – with further talks on Monday – but that the union had to accept the need to reform “old” working methods.

Steve Montgomery, chairman of the Rail Delivery Group, told the BBC: “We are seeing them again tomorrow. We want to offer them something but we have to make improvements.

“There is room for compromise. We have to work together, but we can solve it. It is solvable.”

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.

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 the moment 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. It’s completely unnecessary. “

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

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

He said that the biggest problem of this country is not militant activists but 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 the BBC have been made more than once.

However, demands from the government to intervene were met by former Secretary of State Jack Berry, leader of the Northern Research Group of Tory MPs, who said ministers needed to avoid widespread disruption.

“Through training I am a lawyer and I can tell you that the only way out of the conflict is through negotiations,” he told Times Radio.

“I urge all parties, including the government, to come to the table as this will have a huge negative impact on people’s lives.”