More rail workers are to strike later this month, as the dispute over pay and job cuts escalates.

Trade union Unite announced that its members employed by Network Rail as electric control room operatives will join other rail unions in taking action on August 18 and 20.

The union said the electric control room operatives play a crucial role in the rail network, as they are responsible for managing and controlling the power supply.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Our members played a crucial role in keeping the rail network functioning throughout the pandemic, ensuring that essential workers and goods could be transported.

“The thanks they get for their sacrifices from their employers is a derisory offer that amounts to a kick in the teeth.

“Unite is entirely dedicated to defending the jobs, pay and conditions of its members.

“Our members at Network Rail will receive the union’s total support until this dispute is resolved and the workers receive a fair pay deal.”

The workers are based at the control rooms in Brighton, York, Paddock Wood, Raynes Park, Romford, Selhurst Road and York.


Rail strikes: What’s happening in Wales?

‘Demoralised’ nurse says striking is ‘only option’ to save NHS

Unite said their members have not received a pay increase for three years and are increasingly struggling to make ends meet due to the cost-of-living crisis.

Unite national officer Harish Patel said: “Strike action by Unite members will undoubtedly cause further disruption to the rail service but this dispute is entirely of Network Rail’s own making.

“Our members expect and deserve a pay rise which tackles the cost-of-living crisis that faces them.”

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union and Transport Salaried Staffs Association are striking on August 18 and 20, while RMT members on London Underground will stage a 24-hour walkout on August 19.