Vacant station platform in Manchester (AFP / OLI SCARFF) on March 13, 2017, strike called by the British Railway Union RMT
The dispute between the railway workers and the railway companies in the United Kingdom continued, after a strong struggle on the first day of the largest strike in the region in thirty years, with the unions demanding better wages and working conditions.
Tuesday was the largest day of mobilization, with one of the two lines closed and four of the five trains in the country canceled, with London Underground staff calling for evacuation and several stations being closed.
The railways will continue their strike on Thursday and Saturday as per the call of the Transport Union RMT. According to a poll released by the YouGov Institute on Tuesday, 37% of Britons support it, while 45% oppose it.
The RMT said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon that talks between the union and the railway companies would resume on Wednesday. The meeting was scheduled for 10 a.m., the railway network manager told Network Rail AFP.
However, the RMT warned that its participation in today’s (Tuesday) pickets was “amazing” and that its members would “continue the campaign” by claiming to “open the way for all workers in this country who are tired of seeing their wages”. And working conditions are declining. ”
“The unions are not having the overall impact they were hoping for,” the Transport Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday evening, adding that “unlike in the past, many now have the potential to work from home.” The roads were not even congested on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on the Union Barons to “sit down at the negotiating table” and agree to modernize to avoid bankruptcy.
Johnson said the British government had supported the region to the tune of 16 16 billion during the Pandemic.
– Rare –
On Tuesday morning, the Great Hall at King’s Cross Station in London greeted only a handful of members of the public who were sympathetic to the railway workers’ strike instead of the usual busy hours.
At St Albans Station in north London, the first train did not depart until 8am. Because of the lack of services, Scott, a 43-year-old bank employee, decided to walk 25 minutes when he arrived in the capital.
Earlier in June, the RMT union warned that more than 50,000 railway workers would be laid off in the wake of “the biggest regional crisis since 1989” and major privatization in the region, demanding a special pay rise in line with soaring inflation.
In addition to wages, the RMT condemns, in his opinion, the collapse of working conditions and the planned “thousands of layoffs” by the numerous private companies that make up the rail sector in the United Kingdom.
– Open or not? –
The executive has been repeating since last week that the strike will hurt countless Britons who are prevented from going to work or medical appointments and will weigh on the accounts of SMEs already affected by the Kovid-19.
Traders in central London began to see the first results of the strike on Tuesday, with significantly fewer customers than usual.
Clues Watson, founder of the network of companies, explains to PA Agency that pubs located near train stations are “not worth opening”. He estimates that this week’s turnover will be 20 to 25% lower than usual.
This walkout threatens to disrupt major sports and cultural events such as the Glastonbury Music Festival (south-west of England), the Rolling Stones concert in London on Saturday, and the final exams of some high school students.
The executive plans to replace possible “minimum service” or strikers for public transport users, especially temporary workers, with “protection” for public transport users if the conflict persists.
The strike could certainly extend to other transportation sectors, such as education, health and the postal service. Some lawyers have already voted in favor of next week’s walkout due to a dispute with the government over the amount of legal aid.
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