UK rail service halted due to workers’ strike
The UK is facing turmoil in rail transport as workers from various rail unions have launched a new round of strikes over wage demands. Railway Supply magazine writes about this with reference to Railway Technology.
A week-long strike will create havoc for the millions of commuters who use rail to get to their jobs. Workers are demanding higher wages to cover their costs amid high inflation, which has recently reached a nearly 40-year high.
Meanwhile, the UK government has declared its inability to offer public sector workers a raise in line with ongoing inflation, provoking workers to continue their disgruntle.
The country is currently facing repeated strikes that appear to be similar to the industrial clashes that engulfed the UK in the late 1970s.
UK Transport Minister Mark Harper said the only way to negotiate a deal is to bring unions and employers to the negotiating table, not picket lines.
According to Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT railway union, the government is not opposed to the continuation of the strikes. It blocks the union’s efforts to negotiate an agreement with the railroad employers. The dispute is seeing an unprecedented level of ministry intervention, making it difficult for railroad employers to agree on a package to resolve it.
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