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Nottingham backs largest train strike in 30 years as services heavily affected

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People in Nottingham are backing the largest train strike in 30 years, with 87 percent of trade union members locally said to be taking action. Members of the public have joined the picket line, too, saying they back the strikes.

Tuesday (June 21) is the first day of strike action following a row between the RMT union and rail bosses over pay and working conditions. Further days of action are planned for Thursday (June 23) and Saturday (June 25) if no agreement can be reached, and rail passengers have previously said they were “worried” about the strikes.

It’s meant there is a heavily reduced train service in and out of Nottingham, with East Midlands Railway running one train per hour between Derby and Nottingham, Leicester and Nottingham and Nottingham and Sheffield. All other routes are closed and no rail replacement buses are provided.

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Inside the station, there is on average seven trains running every two hours. Two each are running to Derby, Leicester and Sheffield, and one to London, with the station eerily quiet during Tuesday morning’s rush hour period.

CrossCountry is unable to serve Nottingham station and is only running a limited service elsewhere between 7.30am and 6.30pm on those days. Staff from Northern Rail, which also serves passengers travelling to and from Nottingham Railway Station, are also striking.

Jim Creamer, branch secretary of RMT Nottingham, said: “We’ve got 87 percent support from registered members for the strike today, the turnout and support is fantastic.

“This is a long-standing thing with many different strands to it, including conditions and safety. People are realising we support working people, fighting against massive cuts to the services. Thousands of staff have been lost to technology advancements. I want to thank members for their support.”



Workers strike outside Nottingham train station
Workers strike outside Nottingham train station

A number of people have joined the picket line to support the strike. Among those is a Nottingham City Councillor.

Labour Councillor Nick Raine, who represents Basford and is also the senior regional officer for the National Education Union, said: “I think it’s about time people are standing up to what is going on. The support for this has been incredible too.

“With the cost of living crisis, it’s important for all of us to stand together. People have finally had enough, and they want to stand up and be counted.“

John Rees, 70, said: “I stand in support with RMT, there needs to be maximum pressure to get what is right. We don’t want to be out here, but there has to be strike action for change. I’d like to see the railways and energy companies transferred back into public ownership.”

Jane Bramley, 74, said: “Of course I support the strike, this is the pandemic that hasn’t been talked about. It’s good this action is being taken.”

Martin Sleath, 66, said: “We’ve been hampered under austerity. I used to work in the public sector and retired in 2019, but even in that I think there were two pay rises in all the time I worked. It’s great to see that there is this fight going on, especially with the cost of living crisis.”

Members of the public around Nottingham train station said they supported the strike, too. They said they think it’s a good thing that people are fighting for what they believe they should have.



Guy Hodgkinson outside Nottingham Train Station
Guy Hodgkinson outside Nottingham Train Station

Guy Hodgkinson, 52, who lives in Sherwood, said: “I think it’s disgusting that there could be hire and fire. Brexit and the pandemic has presented the perfect condition for strikes such as these.

“I support it, there are so many vacancies for skilled workers, but so many are unskilled too at the moment. But at the end of the day, will anything actually happen?”

Lewis Boulden, 24, who’s travelled up to Nottingham and lives in Loughborough, said: “If they have an issue then they have to strike. I’d always be behind action like this, it’s something that affects lots of people.”

Sophie Pieters, 27, said: “I support it, people must have the right to protest when things are not right which is what they are doing. Doing this is important, especially with the cost of living crisis as well.”

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