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Lanarkshire rail workers join colleagues on strike action

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Lanarkshire rail workers have joined their colleagues from across the country in a three day strike this week.Members of the Wishaw and Motherwell branch of the RMT union have been picketing at their depot in protest at potential job losses and better pay.

Branch secretary David Hainey told Lanarkshire Live : “The main issues are 2900 job losses out of a workforce of 40,000 and a pay settlement after two years of a pay freeze.

The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now. Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android “The morale amongst the workforce is sky high.“When you look at the turnouts we have had on the picket lines, it has been tremendous.“We have got a lot of public support especially when they are going past us when we are out.“If you look at polling from companies like YouGov, a large majority of the public as to why we are striking.”The RMT accused Transport Secretary Grant Shapps of “wrecking” negotiations by refusing to allow Network Rail to withdraw redundancy threats.Mr Shapps called the claim “a total lie”, adding the union was solely to blame for the “massive disruption”.The breakdown in talks between the RMT and rail companies led to recriminations between the union and the government.The Department of Transport has said the rail industry is leading the negotiations, but a contract seen by the BBC says that train operating companies’

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