McDonnell backs new winter of rail strikes | Politics | News – UK

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Mr McDonnell told train bosses to wake up and understand the anger felt by staff. 

Pressed on whether a “winter of discontent” could be looming on the railways, he said: “We will see what industrial action takes place.

“I’m hoping for negotiated settlements. But don’t underestimate the depth of anger among rail workers.” 

His words came as unions welcomed a pledge by Labour to transform workers’ rights, with special help for millions in the gig economy. 

Mr McDonnell received a standing ovation from the TUC Congress in Manchester when he laid out a series of measures aimed at “tipping the balance” from employers to workers. 

He also said a Labour government would ban zero-hours contracts, repeal the Trade Union Act and clamp down on bogus self-employment.

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