Rail strikes set to paralyse UK travel network

21/6/2022 6:32:00 AM

Rail strikes set to paralyse UK travel network

Rail strikes set to paralyse UK travel network

LONDON, June 21 — Britain’s biggest rail strike in 30 years will begin today when tens of thousands of staff walk out in a pay dispute that unions warn could lead to...

for the latest news you need to know.A (June 20): UK rail workers will begin Britain’s biggest rail strike in three decades on Tuesday (June 21) after unions rejected a last-minute offer from train companies, bringing services nationwide to a near standstill.A Memorandum of Understanding on railway transport cooperation was signed in Vientiane by China’s Haihan International Logistics Co.for the latest news you need to know.

Tuesday, 21 Jun 2022 7:55 AM MYT LONDON, June 21 — Britain’s biggest rail strike in 30 years will begin today when tens of thousands of staff walk out in a pay dispute that unions warn could lead to coordinated action across other industries.British households are already experiencing the biggest economic squeeze in decades, with surging food and fuel prices taking inflation towards 10 per cent, while average underlying wages are no higher than they were in 2006 when adjusted for inflation.The failure of negotiations means some 40,000 staff at 13 train operating companies and Network Rail will walk out on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, bringing commuter services to a standstill nationwide and threatening to cause transport chaos in London.More than 50,000 rail workers will strike today, Thursday and Saturday over pay freezes and job cuts — what unions bill the start of a possible “summer of discontent” with teachers, medics and even barristers moving towards industrial action., Ltd.“Faced with such an aggressive agenda — cuts in jobs, conditions, pay and pensions — the RMT has no choice but to defend our members industrially and to stop this race to the bottom,” Mick Lynch, Secretary-General of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) said.But Lynch blamed the government, saying the root of the problem is £4 billion (US$4.He said last minute talks had failed, meaning this week’s strikes would go ahead and that more were planned.The Paris-based OECD forecast this month that Britain will see the weakest growth next year of any major economy other than Russia, as well as persistent inflation.

“Our campaign will run for as long as it needs to run,” he told reporters.“That is hobbling this industry and it’s forcing the companies to implement transport austerity and massive cuts to our system,” he said.and SX International Trade Import-Export Sole Co.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the unions were harming the people the claimed to be helping.“By going ahead with these rail strikes, they are driving away commuters who ultimately support the jobs of rail workers, whilst also impacting businesses and communities across the country,” Johnson said in a statement.Pandemic Hit Figures released by the Office of Road and Rail on Thursday reveal the extent of rail’s retreat, with total journeys at only 62% of the pre-pandemic tally in the quarter through March.Destructive inflation Britain’s economy initially rebounded strongly from the Covid-19 pandemic but a combination of labour shortages, supply chain disruption, inflation and post-Brexit trade problems has prompted warnings of a recession.The agreement was signed by Chairperson of SX International Trade Import-Export Sole Co.The government says it is giving extra support to millions of the poorest households but that above-inflation pay rises would damage the fundamentals of the economy.Yet the RMT argues that many of the strikers are among the lowest paid on the railway networks, including cleaners.Make UK said it wanted a 12-month reduction in business property taxes, value-added tax waivers, reductions in energy taxes and an extension of the investment ‘super-deduction’ that will soon expire.

“Sustained higher levels of inflation would have a far bigger impact on people’s pay packets in the long run, destroying savings and extending the difficulties we’re facing for longer,” Johnson said.The outbreak of industrial action has drawn comparison with the 1970s, when Britain faced widespread labour strikes including the 1978-79 “winter of discontent”.Labour’s transport spokeswoman Louise Haigh accused Shapps of “washing his hands” of responsibility., Ms Ladsamee Sitthingom; Chairperson of Soldrich Express Co.The strikes come as travellers at British airports experience chaotic delays and last-minute cancellations due to staff shortages while many Britons have to wait months for new passports to arrive due to processing delays.The rail strike means only around half Britain’s rail network will be open on strike days with a very limited service running on those lines and continued disruption on the days in between the strike days.Service Disruption Only about 20% of services will survive the stoppages, with Scotland and Wales hit hardest.It will cause major disruption for millions of people across the country including commuters, tourists, children attending exams and revellers travelling to the Glastonbury festival., Ltd Mr Guanwa.

Industry body UK Hospitality said the strikes would be devastating for businesses trying to recover from the pandemic, predicting an economic hit of more than 1 billion pounds to the tourism, leisure and hospitality industries.In a move that’s likely to inflame tensions with the unions further, Shapps said the government is planning to end a ban on the use of temporary workers to stand-in for those on strike.— Reuters Advertisement.

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