Rail strike rearranged to allow £1m Royal British Legion fundraiser to go ahead

26 Oct 2022 News

Rail union RMT will rearrange strike action meant to take place on 3 November, so the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) London Poppy Appeal can be held as planned.

On Monday, RBL had said it was in the process of cancelling its London Poppy Day due to the planned strikes.

RMT has now decided to rearrange strike action for 9 November, and the charity has said it is “very grateful” for this decision.

It added: “We recognise and respect the right of all unions to take action for their members, and it was unfortunate on this occasion it would have had such a serious impact on our fundraising.”

The charity hopes to raise around £1m through the appeal, which sees veterans and volunteers fundraise across the capital.

A similar decision was taken by the union during a 2016 dispute where strike action clashed with the RBL event. 

RMT will now take strike action on 5, 7 and 9 November in a dispute over jobs, conditions and pay.

Network Rail members will be on strike on those days and members working for the train operating companies will take action on 5 November.
In separate disputes, London Underground and Overground members will take strike action on 10 November.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Our focus in this dispute is the rail employers who have yet to make an offer that will create the conditions for a negotiated settlement.
"I call upon the new prime minister Rishi Sunak to unshackle the rail industry so they can come to a settlement with RMT."

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