Railway workers announce strikes for Christmas

Great Britain is facing a wave of strikes affecting transport and other public services / Image: AFP

Britons face more disruption on public transport as Christmas approaches, As a result of the new train strikes added ten more measures of force in the public services In demand for better wages and better working conditions, in the midst of the crisis caused by high inflation.

Members of the National Union of Railroad, Maritime, and Transportation Workers (RMT) He confirmed another force action to be implemented from 24 December to 27 DecemberWhich is expected to wreak havoc in one of the busiest periods of the year.

The strikes focus on demanding better working conditions and an increase in wages that keep pace with the rise in prices.

The union also confirmed force measures for next week – 13, 14, 16 and 17 December – on 14 train companies, although negotiations are continuing.

Union bosses have urged RMT representatives at state rail operator Network Rail to reject new salary offers from private companies providing service with public entity infrastructure and to go ahead with strikes on December 13, 14, 16 and 17.

RMT union leader Meek Link said Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government was “coordinating an attack on workers” by changing working conditions and offering sub-inflationary wage increases.

“It would be foolish for unions not to coordinate in response to these attacks,” he said this morning on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“We remain ready for talks to resolve these issues, but we will not give in to employers and government pressure at the expense of our members,” he said.

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He also explained that the Christmas strikes “will not significantly affect passenger services” but will have an impact on engineering work between 24 and 27 December.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper called the escalation “incredibly disappointing”.

He said in a statement to the Sky news station.

For her part, the deputy leader of the opposition Labor Party, Angela Reiner, said in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that the ministers should “convene urgently at the table” to resolve the railway dispute and other urgent problems in the economy.

He said the railway system “completely collapses without the strikes”.

The rail dispute is one of many threatening to trigger a general strike across the UK with nurses, paramedics, postal workers, firefighters, public transport drivers and university professors, among others, announcing strikes last week.

The government refuses to grant increases, Arguing that it can increase inflationits highest point in 40 years, with an annualized rate of 11.1% in October.

Nurses England, Wales and Northern Ireland She will strike on December 15th and 20th. While The UK Postal Service confirmed the measures on December 9, 11, 14, 15, 23 and 24.

Baggage handlers at London Heathrow Airport He confirmed a 72-hour strike from 16 December Driving record examiners will go on continuous strikes from December 13 to January 16.

Paramedics and other ambulance workers from the public health system known as the NHS, have confirmed today that they will strike on 21 December.

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The union’s chief health officer, Sarah Gorton, said the government would “take the blame if there are NHS strikes before Christmas”.

“Ambulance staff and their health colleagues don’t want to disturb anyone. But ministers are refusing to do the one thing that can prevent disruption: start real conversations about wages,” she added, after saying wages were too low.

He stressed that “all unions demanded an increase in salaries above inflation rates.”

In Scotland, teachers began a strike on 24 November, with further strikes taking place in December, January and February.

Meanwhile, the London bus drivers, who had been planning a three-day stop, call off the proceedings as they evaluated a salary offer.

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