Update: 01.10.2022 10:40
London – Employees of several trade unions in Britain are on strike, trains are not running in a large part of the country, Royal Mail employees entered the second day of protest, writes the BBC website. The strikers are demanding an increase in wages in light of the rising cost of living.
This is the first time that multiple railway unions are on strike at the same time, so services are more disrupted than on previous strike days. There are no trains at all between London and major cities such as Edinburgh, Brighton and Newcastle. Approximately 54,000 railway workers are on strike.
The event will partly affect the participants of Sunday’s London Marathon and the annual conference of the governing Conservative Party. Mick Whelan, general secretary of the Aslef trade union, told the BBC that his union “had no plans to target the London Marathon” but that there was no other time to strike.
“We are really committed to resolving this dispute through negotiations,” Whelan said. He added, however, that the talks with the employers “are not yet close to an agreement”.
New Transport Secretary Anne Marie Trevelyan has already met with Whelan and RMT general secretary Mick Lynch, who hailed it as a “good start”.
Lynch today called on the minister to proceed with all urgency and to try to reach an agreement. A union leader said the Tory government’s tax cuts “are for the rich” and although rail chiefs have expressed a desire to raise wages, they are under pressure from the government to make savings, writes the BBC.
Aslef plans train drivers’ strike for October 5, RMT calls protest for October 8.
Royal Mail employees, who are members of the Transport Workers Union, are planning a total of four strikes in October and November.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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