Rail strikes could last throughout the winter until the spring of 2023 unless the government agrees a deal, union chief Mick Lynch has warned.
The Rail, Maritime and Transportation (RMT) union leader said the new Transportation Secretary Mark Harper could end the dispute “very quickly” over pay, jobs and terms.
But Mr Lynch said “people are coming strong behind us”, despite several days of industrial action and disruption since Saturday.
When asked if the train strike could continue in the spring, the RMT general secretary said Mirror: “I couldn’t have wanted that, it’s not my plan. We don’t have an end date or ‘plan to continue this’.
Mr. Lynch said: “We’re not in it for that. We want companies to make offers to us that will resolve the dispute.”
Members of the RMT, the Transport Salaried Employees Association (TSSA) and Unite unions have been taking industrial action since Saturday – with the prospect of more strikes rising before Christmas.
There will be strikes on November 5, November 7 and November 9, which will damage services on those days and may delay the walkouts.
Network Rail urged passengers to travel only when absolutely necessary, warning that only one train out of five would run on strike days, and only between 7.30 am and 6.30 pm.
Mr Harper, the transport secretary appointed by Rishi Sunak, has said he would be “overjoyed” to meet with trade union leaders amid the ongoing rail strikes.
Mr. Lynch, along with other union leaders, met Anne-Marie Trevelyan during her brief tenure. However, his predecessor, Grant Shapps, sparked Union anger earlier that year when he refused to engage in negotiations.
Mr Harper told the LBC: “But I do find it helpful for ministers to meet with trade union leaders and listen to their concerns. I am very happy to do so and my department will reach out to those trade union leaders in time to come.
Mr. Lynch responded: “It is for the Secretary of State to decide what his stand is. If he unlocks some funding and opens up some new positions of principle, this dispute could be resolved very quickly.”
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