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Britain faces the biggest railway strike in decades: union

Signage is pictured at West Ham station in East London on December 4, 2021.

  • 50,000 British railway workers will embark on a three-day strike this month over wages.
  • This will be the largest strike in more than thirty years.
  • Britain’s annual inflation has risen to its highest level in 40 years by nine per cent.

Britain’s rail network is facing its biggest strike action in more than three decades later this month in a row over wages as inflation erodes earnings, a union has announced.

The RMT Railway Association said more than 50,000 workers would take part in a three-day national strike that coincides with major events, including the Glastonbury Music Festival, an Elton John concert and an English cricket match.

“We have a cost-of-living crisis and it is unacceptable that railway workers are either losing their jobs or facing another year of wage freezes,” RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said in a statement announcing the planned strikes late Tuesday.

“Our union will now launch an ongoing campaign of action that will shut down the rail system.”

Countries around the world are being hit by decades of high inflation as the Ukraine war and the abolition of Covid-19 lockdowns provide energy and food prices.

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Britain’s annual inflation has risen to its highest level in 40 years by nine per cent.

The strikes are scheduled for June 21, 23 and 25, the biggest dispute over Britain’s rail network since 1989, according to the RMT.

Lynch said the union “is open to meaningful negotiations with railway chiefs and ministers”, which he called for “coming up with new proposals to prevent months of disruption to our railways”.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps described the move as “incredibly disappointing”.

RMT also announced a further 24-hour walkout of its members on Tube, London’s underground railway network, scheduled for 21 June.

The British capital was hit by an underground strike on Monday as the country faces further travel disruptions as British airlines cancel flights daily due to staff shortages.

The aviation industry, which fired thousands of workers when planes went aground during the pandemic, is now struggling to recruit workers as travel demand rises following the lifting of shutdowns.


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Britain faces the biggest railway strike in decades: union

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