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Train strikes: Disruption expected with latest rail walkouts

News / Wed 27th Jul 2022 am31 05:31am

THE latest round of national rail strikes are getting under way, with only 20% of train journeys expected to go ahead today (Wednesday) reports the BBC.

Some 40,000 RMT union members at Network Rail and 14 train companies are walking out over pay, jobs and terms.

The Department for Transport said the RMT was “hell-bent on creating further misery for passengers across the UK”.

But the RMT accused Transport Secretary Grant Shapps of not allowing the rail industry to do a deal with the union.

Andrew Haines, Network Rail chief executive, said despite its best efforts to find a breakthrough there would be more rail disruption due to strikes.

In addition to the members of the RMT, members of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) at Avanti West Coast, which operates some trains to Birmingham, are also going on strike on Wednesday.

The knock-on effects of the disruption are expected to roll in to Thursday, Network Rail said. 

Separately, on Saturday, about 5,500 members of the train drivers’ union Aslef at seven rail companies will strike. 

Further RMT strikes are also planned for 18 and 20 August, with London Underground staff planning to strike on 19 August.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman had urged the RMT union to call off the strikes, saying on Tuesday: “We are concerned about the impact this will have on the public going about their everyday lives.”

Places including Blackpool, Portsmouth and Bournemouth have no train services at all and elsewhere people are being told only to travel by train if necessary.

Network Rail has published a special timetable for Wednesday, with trains set to start later and finish earlier than usual, between 07:00 and 18:30 BST.

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3 Comments for Train strikes: Disruption expected with latest rail walkouts:

David Forman
2022-07-28 09:13:10

Radio 4 PM programme said yesterday that the rail workers had been offered a well below inflation rise of 4% for each of the next two years. The ONS announced on July 20 that CPI annual inflation was 9.4%, but if you look at the measure formerly used by Government for decades, Retail Prices Index, that figure is 11.8%. The RPI I would is a more realistic figure for ordinary workers. So I support the RMT in their dispute.

David Forman
2022-07-28 09:31:42

It want to know the difference between RPI and CPI inflation figures then check out the Money Week article link below. In a nutshell, the Government likes the lower CPI figure when it is giving us money and the higher RPI when workers are giving the Government money: https://moneyweek.com/merryns-blog/the-difference-between-cpi-and-rpi-and-why-it-matters-55018

Theman
2022-07-28 11:41:46

The gov does not take or give us money.It is all our money and they are supposed to spend it on our behalf, and we are supposed to elect our servants based on who will carry out the majorities bidding. Somewhere along the way though it has all gone horribly wrong and we are now a quasi communist country where everyone is dependant on the state to a lesser or greater extent. Oh is that coffee I smell!

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