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A Train Strike Is On The Way With Plans Declared For 24-Hour Walkout On July 27

The RMT has declared plans for a 24-hour walkout on July 27, which would come just over a month after the biggest National Rail strike in 30 years.

This comes after eight train companies voted for further strike action earlier this week, and talks between unions and Network Rail broke down today over a fresh pay offer. The RMT described the latest pay offer from Network Rail as “paltry”.

Strike action will see train networks including London Overground, LNER, Southeastern and Great Western affected by walkouts across the Network Rail union. In last month’s strike, the entire London Underground network also walked out for one of the three days of action, but it is unclear whether the upcoming strike on July 27 would include tube lines.

Network Rail workers plan to strike from 2am on July 27 for a period of 24-hours.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “The offer from Network Rail represents a real terms pay cut for our members and the paltry sum is conditional on RMT members agreeing to drastic changes in their working lives.

“We have made progress on compulsory redundancies. But Network Rail are still seeking to make our members poorer when we have won in some cases double what they are offering, with other rail operators.”

This is a developing story, and further updates will be provided as they are announced.