Rail strike cancelled after terror attack
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 @ 07:00 by Adam Higgins
News Tameside

A rail strike which was set to affect commuters across Tameside next week has been called off in the wake of this week’s Manchester terror attack.

Rail union RMT had announced a fourth 24-hour walkout in the space of just over two months from midnight on Tuesday, May 30, over the dispute regarding driver-only trains.

But it was confirmed the industrial action has been cancelled following the explosion at the Manchester Arena on Monday night, which killed 22 people, including children, and left many others injured.

RMT Union say it has been suspended to “show solidarity with the people of Manchester”.

General secretary Mick Cash said: “In light of the horrific bombing in Manchester last night, and the heightened safety and security alerts on our transport services, RMT’s executive has taken the decision to suspend the 24 hours of strike action scheduled for Tuesday 30th May on Merseyrail, Northern Rail and Southern Rail.

“Our thoughts and solidarity at this time are with the people of Manchester.”

Northern also issued the following response via Twitter:

A new date for the strike, by some workers at Arriva Rail North, which operates the Northern rail franchise, has not yet been announced.

There have been three walkouts so far – on April 28, April 8 and March 13 this year – which affected Northern services between Hadfield and Manchester Piccadilly.