Rail strike Sheffield: RMT leads what could be season of strikes as workers rise up over pay

A season of strikes could hit the nation this summer as other industries take action over pay, an RMT member on the picket line at Sheffield Midland station has warned.

Tuesday, 21st June 2022, 11:14 am

The worker said disputes were not restricted to the rail industry, with BA, BT, teachers and others balloting members over industrial action, and it was a ‘sign of the times’.

More than 30 members of the RMT union set up two official pickets at 4am with tables, chairs, banners and leaflets to hand out.

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An RMT picket on Cross Turner Street

They were joined by at least as many supporters including the Labour Party, Sheffield Left, students.

He added: “For us, it’s not just about pay. To the rank and file, terms and conditions and job security are top of the list. It doesn’t matter what you earn if they make you redundant next year.”

Travellers were greeted by the surreal sight of a virtually empty station at rush hour on the first day of a national rail strike.

EMR staff outnumbered commuters at times as people followed advice to stay away. Platforms were eerily quiet, with stationary trains parked up and going nowhere.

Travellers were greeted by the surreal sight of a virtually empty Sheffield MIdland station at rush hour on the first day of a national rail strike.

Shops, cafes and taxi drivers reported a 70 per cent drop in trade.

Terence So, of Motore mobile coffee, said it was surreally quiet and takings were comparable to a stormy day.

The railway workers’ trade union, RMT, is planning strikes for Tuesday 21, Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June.

Rail operators around the region have advised customers to avoid travelling on the network.

Platform One was deserted at rush hour
A Sheffield Left leaflet.

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The station concourse was deserted.