UK rail union leads second day of protests | News
For the second consecutive day of three that were called, thousands of railway workers in the United Kingdom star in a day of train strike, considered the largest since 1989, to demand salary improvements in the face of galloping year-on-year inflation, located at 9.1 percent.
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The strike was called by the National Union of Railway, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), after the failure of negotiations with the public manager of the Network Rail infrastructure and the private operators of the lines.
More than 40,000 workers paralyzed the country’s rail networks, so that many citizens have had to find other means of transport such as buses or taxis, while others have decided to work from home.
Unemployment, with a strong economic and user impact, represents a high cost for the London economy, mainly in the hospitality sector, and in its entirety is estimated at 500 million pounds (580 million euros).
For his part, the general secretary of the RMT, Mick Lynch, affirmed this Thursday that the workers in the sector will continue with the strike campaign until a negotiated agreement is reached that provides job security and a salary increase to deal with the rising cost of living.
Given the impact of the strike, the Government announced that it is preparing a bill that will allow companies to hire temporary workers to replace employees who join the strike.
In addition, it foresees that this regulation can be approved in a few weeks, so that it will eliminate the restrictions of the 1970 era, give companies freedom and prevent strikers from “taking the country hostage by paralyzing public services and businesses,” in the words of the minister. of Companies, Kwasi Kwarteng.
Today, I will table legislation that will give employers the freedom to recruit skilled, temporary staff to plug vital roles during strike action.
This new law will help protect the British public from future disruption caused by militant trade unions����https://t.co/TB9wRnlkbx pic.twitter.com/Bzz9Cgv3v9
— Kwasi Kwarteng (@KwasiKwarteng)
June 23, 2022
A similar position was taken by the head of the Government, Boris Johnson, who described these strikes as useless. “I think people should come to the table and fix the problem,” he said while on a trip to Rwanda to attend the Commonwealth Summit.
However, he considers that “sensible reforms” must be carried out in the railway system. Transport Minister Grant Shapps agrees on this and considers this reform vital, so that future strikes will cause less disruption.
Tuesday was the first day of the strike and it will continue on Saturday if no agreement is reached. At the moment, only one train will circulate every five days and the lines will close at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. GMT).