BARNSLEY Trades Union Council has hit out at the treatment of rail union members following their decision to strike.

The council say they ‘wholeheartedly’ support the RMT union in their fight for a decent pay settlement.

They’re now encouraging those in charge to do the right thing, and will hold a rally tomorrow at 11am at Sheffield railway station.

George Arthur, secretary of BTUC, said: “Whilst Boris Johnson and his friends partied, RMT members worked through the pandemic maintaining basic services and rail safety.

“They are being repaid with a pay freeze and attacks on employment conditions. 2,500 jobs are also at risk across the regional networks.

“The RMT’s fight for a fair deal is entirely justified.

“However, neither the government nor the rail companies are listening to reason.

“The union is saying ‘enough is enough’ and nearly 90 per cent of RMT members participating in the ballot have said ‘yes’ to strikes.

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“Instead of entering into meaningful talks with the RMT, the Tories are resorting to smear tactics against the union in the media.

“This as an attack on all unions that must be resisted.”