RMT union baron Mick Lynch is about to look on the BBC’s Have I Acquired Information For You tomorrow evening, simply sooner or later after ordering a strike that can ‘successfully shut down the railway community’ subsequent month.
The RMT general-secretary will be a part of the panel of the BBC comedy quiz present, alongside comic Roisin Conaty and actor Richard Ayoade who’s visitor presenting the episode.
Mr Lynch has been dubbed a ‘media star’ for his many straight-talking interviews on TV and radio, throughout which he has defended quite a few strikes which have crippled the UK’s railways and triggered widespread disruption to thousands and thousands of individuals.
His look on Have I Acquired Information For You comes simply sooner or later after the RMT introduced that 40,000 Community Rail workers and 15 prepare working corporations will stage a walkout on October 8.
RMT Union boss Mick Lynch on the picket line outdoors London Euston in August
Actor and comic Richard Ayoade can be visitor presenting the episode which Mick Lynch is about to look on
The brand new date – marking the third rail strike now deliberate in October – was set on Thursday as a part of an ongoing dispute over pay, jobs and situations.
Rail strikes are already deliberate by Aslef union members from 12 prepare corporations on October 1 and 5, threatening contemporary journey chaos for passengers.
Which 15 prepare working corporations will walkout on October 8?
In addition to Community Rail, the 15 prepare working corporations collaborating within the strike are:
Cross Nation Trains
East Midlands Railway
Nice Western Railway
South Western Railway
Avanti West Coast
West Midlands Trains
GTR (together with Gatwick Categorical)
RMT normal secretary Mick Lynch mentioned at present that it was encouraging that the brand new Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan had met the union.
‘We welcome this extra optimistic method from the federal government to have interaction with us as a primary step to discovering an acceptable settlement,’ he mentioned.
‘Nevertheless, as no new supply has been tabled, our members don’t have any alternative however to proceed this strike motion.
‘We’ll proceed to barter in good religion, however the employers and authorities want to grasp our industrial marketing campaign will proceed for so long as it takes.’
A Community Rail spokesperson mentioned: ‘Now we have acquired notification of one other strike by the RMT on Saturday October 8, only one week after one other walkout it has co-ordinated with prepare drivers at Aslef.
‘This newest strike will once more imply very important disruption for passengers, and we’ll be asking folks to solely journey if completely vital as a result of diminished service that can be in place.
‘Full timetables for all upcoming strike days can be printed sooner or later.’
In addition to Community Rail, the 15 prepare working corporations participating are: Chiltern Railways, Cross Nation Trains, Better Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Nice Western Railway, Hull Trains, Northern Trains, South Jap, South Western Railway, Transpennine Categorical, Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Trains and GTR (together with Gatwick Categorical).
The staged walkouts come on a giant weekend for sport, with various Premier League fixtures set for October 8, together with Man Metropolis v Southampton, Bournemouth v Leicester Metropolis and Chelsea v Wolverhampton.
The strike is yet one more blow for rail passengers, who had been making ready to undergo extra journey distress subsequent month after drivers within the Aslef union at 12 prepare operators agreed to stroll out on October 1 and 5.
Commuters look ahead to trains at London Liverpool Road station throughout strike motion on June 23
Empty platforms at King’s Cross railway station throughout a rail strike by RMT union members on August 20.
Staged walkouts will have an effect on journey to and from the Conservative get together convention in Birmingham which is because of happen between October 2 and 5.
Runners hoping to get to London for the London Marathon on October 2 can even be impacted by the strikes as routes into and across the metropolis can be affected.
RMT members employed by contractors who clear Avanti West Coast trains will stroll out for twenty-four hours on Friday in a separate dispute over pay.
A deliberate strike by drivers on September 15 and 17 was known as off as a mark of respect following the Queen’s dying.
RMT Union general-secretary Mr Lynch mentioned the walkout of rail employees through the official mourning interval was ‘suspended’ because it joins ‘the entire nation in paying its respects’.
He added: ‘We categorical our deepest condolences to her household, buddies and the nation’.
The transfer comes after a summer season of discontent as 1000’s of employees throughout the rail, telecoms, authorized and postal sectors, staged walkouts amid disputes over pay and dealing situations.
Prison barristers have staged indefinite strike motion over a dispute about Authorized Help charges, whereas postal employees additionally staged strikes with an additional 48-hour strike deliberate for later this month.