2022-11-24 15:03:04

Pay rises can't match inflation, minister tells rail workers

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Pay rises that match the surging cost of living will not be possible, the new transport minister has told striking rail workers

Mark Harper said he completely understands why unions want inflation-linked wage increases but said economic circumstances prevented it.

It came as he agreed to help unions to try to reach a deal with train firms ahead of fresh strikes this Christmas.

RMT union boss Mick Lynch called their meeting positive.

Mr Harper's two predecessors had refused to get involved in the dispute, although the minister said it was not his role to do the detailed negotiations.

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