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More UK Train strikes will hit workers returning to work after Christmas

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People in the UK returning back to work after the Christmas holidays are already facing travel chaos due to more rail strikes.

Workers have been advised not to use the train because of the latest round of walkouts as rows over pay and staffing continue.

Network Rail said the 24-hour protests on Tuesday, January 3, and Friday, January 6, by RMT members and Aslef drivers respectively, will "significantly impact" services.

Network Rail said the strike action may lead to just 20 percent of rail services running, with many areas not seeing any trains at all. 

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RMT union members have refused offers in a dispute over salary, job security, and working conditions.

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Almost 40,000 of its members will walk out for two days starting on January 3.

Similarly, the Aslef union which represents train drivers at 15 rail companies will hold a strike from 6 to 7 January, with 14 rail operators participating.

The strikes is highly likely to disrupt services in England, Scotland, and Wales.

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A Network Rail spokesperson said: "We're sorry to have to, once again, ask passengers to avoid using the railway this week.”

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents the train operating firms, also told people only to travel if "absolutely necessary".

Trains that are operating will start later and end much earlier than normal, with services generally running between 7.30am and 6.30pm on strike days.

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There may also be some service disruption on Sunday, January 8.

Passengers are urged to allow additional time for their travels and to double-check before departing.

It is the latest in a string of rail strikes that have caused widespread disruption.

Source: BBC

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