Unite, the UK’s leading union, has confirmed that its members employed in electric control rooms will join other rail unions in taking strike action next month on Saturday 1 October and Saturday 8 October.

Crucial role

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Our members at Network Rail play a crucial and demanding role in maintaining the electrical supply to the rail network. To be faced with a three year pay freeze during the worst cost of living crisis in decades is disgraceful. They will continue to receive Unite’s complete support.”

Control room staff

The workers, based at control rooms in Brighton, Paddock Wood, Raynes Park, Romford, Selhurst Park and York, play a vital role in controlling and managing the network’s power supply.

The workers have not received a pay increase for three years and are struggling to make ends meet due to the cost of living crisis and spiralling interest rates.

Return to the negotiating table 

Unite national officer for rail Harish Patel said: “Network Rail need to urgently return to the bargaining table and make an offer that meets workers’ expectations and tackles the cost of living crisis.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Unite members at Network Rail join rail strikes over pay

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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.