Rail workers on strike for better pay in the UK | News
Members of the English machinists union Aslef, the largest in the United Kingdom, began a 24-hour strike on Wednesday, the first of three scheduled for the week, for better wages.
British railway workers demand that wage dispute be unblocked
The union is also planning to go on strike on Saturday, so trains are scheduled to run on the Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Northern, Southern, Southeastern, Thameslink and Northern networks.
Meanwhile, some 20,000 ship and station staff members affiliated with the RMT union, another of the country's largest unions, plan to go on strike on Friday. The strike will disrupt services, but many operators will keep some trains.
The strike comes after Aslef rejected an offer of a 4 percent annual wage increase for two years from the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents train operating companies.
In this sense, the British Minister of Transport, Huw Merriman, has urged Aslef and the RMT to present to their members the salary offer that he called "fair and reasonable" from the Government of Rishi Sunak.
However, the RMT called the RDG's wage deal "unacceptable" and stated that no other proposal had been presented to them.
Union General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "Once again the Government is not allowing the Rail Delivery Group to make a better offer than we can consider. We therefore need to continue our industrial campaign to get a negotiated deal on jobs of work, wages and conditions. Ministers cannot ignore this conflict."
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