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UK union says rail strikes will go ahead after talks fail

Key Points
  • Britain's RMT Union said Monday it would go ahead with planned railway strikes after last minute talks failed.
  • The talks were intended to resolve a dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.
  • Britain is bracing for severe travel disruptions later this week as the strike coincides with the peak summer holiday period.
Britain is bracing for severe travel disruptions as the strike coincides with the peak summer holiday period.
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Britain's RMT Union said on Monday that it would go ahead with planned railway strikes after talks with train operators failed to resolve a dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

Talking about the proposals, the union's director-general Mick Lynch told a news conference: "The Network Rail one was rejected on Friday, and the train operating company one which was only put to us today has been rejected this afternoon."

"Both sets of proposals are unacceptable and is now confirmed that the strike action that is planned for this week will go ahead."