Rail union RMT has announced three strike dates in July “after train operators failed to make a new pay offer”.

The union said that 20,000 of its members across 14 train operating companies (TOCs) are set to walk out on July 20, 22 and 29.

This follows the strikes which took place in May and June from train drivers’ union ASLEF, with the latest industrial action a result of a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.

RMT’s general secretary Mick Lynch, commented:

“This latest phase of action will show the country just how important railway staff are to the running of the rail industry. My team of negotiators and I are available 24/7 for talks with the train operating companies and government ministers.

“Yet quite incredibly neither party has made any attempt whatsoever to arrange any meetings or put forward a decent offer that can help us reach a negotiated solution.

“The government continues to shackle the companies and will not allow them to put forward a package that can settle this dispute.

“Our members have now voted 3 times to take strike action over the last 12 months – the most of recent of which coincided with having the full details of the substandard offer from the rail operators.

“They voted by 9-1 to renew their strike mandate and RMT will continue its industrial campaign until we reach a negotiated settlement on pay, working conditions and job security.”