Tameside commuters set to be affected by three-day rail strike
Thursday 29th June 2017 @ 14:12 by Adam Higgins
News Tameside

Commuters across Tameside are set to be affected by a three-day rail strike – the third walkout in the space of four months.

Rail union RMT Union say the strike will take place from midnight on Saturday, July 8, to 23:59pm on Monday, 10 July in the ongoing dispute over rail safety and a prospective move to driver-only trains.

It will affect Northern services, including between Hadfield and Manchester Piccadilly, with only a skeleton timetable in operation and is likely to cause severe disruption to travel plans.

The latest industrial action follows one-day strikes on April 8 and March 13 this year. Another was due to take place on May 30 but was suspended in the wake of the Manchester terror attack to “show solidarity with the people of Manchester”.

RMT Union General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The sheer intransigence of Arriva Rail North means that we have no option but to confirm a further round of strike action.

“The union continues to remain available for meaningful discussions with the company in order to seek a satisfactory resolution to the on-going dispute.”

In response, Richard Allan, Northern’s deputy managing director, said: “We are deeply disappointed and hugely frustrated that RMT is choosing to cause more pain for our colleagues and customers rather than get round the table to talk first.

“We have been clear that for all our conductors we are prepared to guarantee jobs and current pay, and continue with annual pay reviews, if we can reach agreement with RMT.”

With trains likely to be extremely busy, passengers intending to use the rail network on any of the three days are advised to give themselves more time to travel and consider whether their journey is necessary.