Wave of strikes set to cause transport chaos

BRITONS are facing a spring of strikes with a raft of airline, rail and tube walkouts hitting travellers.

Major disruptions are likely as British Airways (BA), Network Rail and London Underground staff threaten to launch further walkouts.

The news comes as Network Rail has taken legal action against rail union RMT over threats of a walkout by signalling staff. Network Rail said: “This calls into question the validity of its ballot amongst our signalers, highlighting scores of discrepancies and inaccuracies.”

Talks between the RMT and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) and Network Rail are ongoing at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) in a bid to avoid the largest rail strike in 16 years.

Network Rail workers have said they will launch a series of spaced walk outs through out the day between 6 April and 9 April. Strike times are set to hit commuter rush hours in the mornings and evening during each day, with thousands of passengers to face serious disruption.

Pressures on the government to intervene escalated yesterday after RMT announced it would be preparing a strike vote for London Underground staff over plans to axe up to 800 jobs. The London Underground called on RMT to stop its “unjustified and kneejerk” strike threat.

Meanwhile, BA and union Unite will not re-enter strike negotiations today after the fourth and final day of the industrial action by cabin crew finished yesterday. Unite has said that it will be in a position to call a third strike period during the middle of April should talks not resume.