The strikes that will completely shut down British rail traffic next week are “a huge mistake” as they prevent people from attending hospital appointments, work or school exams. British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News on Sunday.
The RMT union has announced that approximately 50,000 rail workers will stop working on 21, 23 and 25 June to enforce their demand for higher wages. This will be the largest action in the British rail sector in more than thirty years. The union points to the sharply rising cost of living in the United Kingdom due to high inflation. The London Underground is also on strike.
Shapps says the action is disastrous and that the unions have been on a strike all along. He says it is “inappropriate behavior”. The government was criticized for having to force an agreement between unions and rail companies to prevent a strike. Shapps argues that it is a matter between employers and employees in the rail sector.
The problems on the British railways come on top of the chaotic scenes at airports in the United Kingdom. British airports suffer from high levels of crowds and staff shortages, resulting in very long queues of waiting passengers, as well as huge amounts of leftover luggage and suitcases. The opposition Labor party has therefore strongly criticized Boris Johnson’s government over the problems at airports and railways.
Transport minister: British rail strikes ‘huge mistake’
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