Festival-goers heading to Glastonbury later this month could be hit by a nationwide train strike, after thousands of rail workers were confirmed to be set to walk out for three days in the largest industrial action since 1989.
The RMT union has revealed a plan for nationwide train strikes at Network Rail and 13 other operators on 21st, 23rd and 25th June, following a prolonged dispute over pay.
That could impact those heading to the festival, many of whom travel to Castle Cary station via train.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch explains: “Railway workers have been treated appallingly and despite our best efforts in negotiations, the rail industry with the support of the government has failed to take their concerns seriously.
“We have a cost-of-living crisis, and it is unacceptable for railway workers to either lose their jobs or face another year of a pay freeze when inflation is at 11.1% and rising.
“Our union will now embark on a sustained campaign of industrial action which will shut down the railway system.
“Rail companies are making at least £500m a year in profits, whilst fat cat rail bosses have been paid millions during the Covid-19 pandemic. This unfairness is fuelling our members anger and their determination to win a fair settlement.”
Cash claims that the RMT wwere open to negotiations, but says new proposals are needed to prevent the disruption.