UK: Worst strike in history over non-increase in salaries of railway employees

ISLAMABAD, June 22 (Alliance News): Thousands of railway workers in Britain rallied on the first day of the worst strike in 30 years, causing further hardship for commuters as both the union and the government backtracked on their stance on wages. Has refused

According to the foreignmedia, many of the more than 40,000 railway employees have declared a strike and gathered on the packet lines since morning, causing the worst disruption in the entire network and the railways. The system was severely affected, and the London Underground metro remained closed due to the strike.

The prime minister, Boris Johnson, who has been under pressure from Britain to help citizens cope with the worst economic crisis in decades, said the strike would hurt business, although the country was still recovering from the effects of the Corona epidemic. Is moving

Unions, on the other hand, have said that rail strikes could trigger large-scale strikes with teachers, doctors, waste disposal officials and even lawyers as inflation rises to 10 percent.

According to the report, Secretary General of Rail Mick Lynch, Maritime and Transport Workers told Sky News that there was a need to increase the salaries of British employees. Just fell asleep

Bury Johnson told his cabinet that the strikes were “wrong and unnecessary” and that his message to the country was that they needed to be prepared to co-operate with the government because improving the way the railways operated was in the public interest. ۔

Rising inflation
The massive rise in energy prices has led to rising inflation across Europe, and similar strikes are taking place not only in the UK but also in a number of other countries.

Belgium’s crackdown on inflation disrupted Brussels airport on Monday, as Germany’s most powerful union pushed for a sharp rise in wages and French President Emmanuel Macron faced unrest over pension reform.

The UK economy was initially revived by the Corona epidemic, but a combination of labor shortages, supply chain disruptions, inflation and post-Bridget trade problems has hampered economic growth.

The government says it is helping millions of poor families, but warns that higher wages than inflation will hurt the economy and exacerbate the problem.

The British Railways was nationalized in the epidemic, train companies paid a fixed fee for their services, while the tracks and infrastructure were managed by the state-run rail network.

RMT aims to increase the salaries of its members by at least 7%, but says Network Rail has offered 2%, and 1% is linked to industrial reform, which She opposes.

The government has been sharply criticized for not negotiating with employees, with government ministers saying unions should resolve the issue directly with employers.

The majority of British railway employees who are members of trade unions have been reduced by almost half since the 1970s, with fewer walkouts, which made it difficult for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to announce the strike. There are changes to be made.

The government says it will change the rules to force train operators to provide minimum service on strike days and allow employers to hire temporary staff in the railways.

The strikes in Britain come at a time when passengers at British airports are facing delays and last-minute cancellations due to staff shortages and chaos, while health services are facing delays due to epidemics. The lists are under pressure.


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