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Rail and postal workers postpone strike action in ‘mark of respect’ for Queen

Proposed railway works could also be postponed to ensure people can travel to pay their respects.

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 9th September 2022

A number of large strike demonstrations have been postponed by rail and postal workers following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8 September.

In a mark of respect for the late monarch, unions representing rail workers and Royal Mail postal staff said that they had made the decision to cancel immediate strike action  “out of respect for her service to the country and her family.”

Postal workers had previously planned to hold strike action on Friday 9 September, with members voting by 98.7% to pursue further action, on a 72.2% turnout.

RMT rail workers had also planned walkouts on 15 and 17 September, but this has now been suspended.

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Speaking on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, RMT’s Mick Lynch, who has been a vocal presence for RMT this summer, said: “RMT joins the whole nation in paying its respects to Queen Elizabeth.

“The planned railway strike action on 15 and 17 September is suspended.

“We express our deepest condolences to her family, friends and the country.”

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Aslef, the train drivers’ union, has also postponed strike action that had originally been planned for 15 September.

The cancellations of planned strikes mean that railway services will run as normal, bosses said.

A spokesperson from the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators, said it welcomed the decision by the RMT to call off next week’s strike action at a time of “national mourning”.

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“The whole railway family is united in sending our condolences to the Royal Family,” the spokesperson said.

The RMT Union will reschedule the strikes, it is believed, although it has not yet decided when they would take place. However, it has been confirmed that two weeks’ notice will be given in advance of any strike action.

Proposed railway works could also be postponed to ensure people can travel to pay their respects.

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