But Lynch didn't call it a day. Today, appearing on
, the union boss said another Tory MP was "talking nonsense" when he talked about negotiations to modernise the rail industry and said Lynch "should apologise" for the disruption the strikes are causing.
\u201cJonathan Gullis(Tory MP) - 3% with modernisation is a very good offer.. \n\nMick Lynch(RMT) - Jonathan should apologise for talking nonsense, as none of that is true... I can't settle this dispute with a backbench MP who is just reading of a script. \n\n#PoliticsLive\u201d
It comes as some 40,000 railway workers are striking for three days this week in what is the largest walkout seen in the UK for more than 30 years.
RMT say they are striking over pay, conditions, job cuts and threats to pensions. The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said talks remained a matter for the employers. He said the strikes were being “orchestrated by some of the best-paid union barons, representing some of the better-paid workers in this country, which will cause misery and chaos to millions of commuters”.
The union wants a 7 per cent pay rise and has rejected an offer of 2 per cent with a further 1 per cent tied to job cuts.
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