RAIL workers have lined up outside Barrow Station as part of nationwide strike action over job cuts and pay.

A picket line has formed outside Barrow Station this morning in day one of industrial action taking place until Saturday June 25.

The strikes this week are planned for today, Thursday and Saturday. 

Up to 50,000 workers across Network Rail, 13 train operators and London Underground are set to walk out today in industrial action on a national scale.

On Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June, about 40,000 rail operators – but not London Underground staff – will strike.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) says workers are striking over job cuts, pay, working conditions and practices, and pensions.

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The RMT is seeking a pay rise of at least seven per cent in line with the cost of living.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has warned industrial action will continue until a settlement is reached and that disruption could last well into the autumn.

It is thought that only 20 per cent of services are expected to run on strike days. And with people switching to roads, the AA has warned people to brace themselves for very heavy traffic.

The RMT Union said protestors in Barrow are striking to 'defend their jobs, pay and conditions' in a post shared online.

Rail bosses have confirmed that Furness and West Cumbria will receive no rail service during strike days and knock-on effects from these days will cause delays cancellations of services on non-strike days, leading railway operator Northern to advise customers not to travel all week.

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