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Biggest UK rail strikes in decades to go ahead after last-ditch talks fail

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The biggest rail strikes in three decades will start on Tuesday after late talks failed to break the impasse, with the RMT union leadership warning that industrial action will “run as long as it needs to run”.Most train services in Great Britain will be cancelled on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Only a skeleton service will run on main lines and around urban areas.London Underground workers will also strike for 24 hours on Tuesday, bringing the capital’s transport system to a halt.The RMT general secretary, Mick Lynch, insisted the rail dispute cannot be resolved without the government “removing the shackles” on Network Rail and train operating companies.

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