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Trains canceled in UK as unions stage second 24-hour walkout

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Stand strong people.

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If the government was so opposed to these strikes, why didn’t leading members of it make a point of calling a sit down with the leaders of the unions?

What prevented it? Laziness? A packed schedule? Parties to go to? Surely they didn’t want these strikes, did they?

Anyone got any other suggestions?

A strike is very often a result of a failure to negotiate. Not even attempting to negotiate in the first place is bizarre.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

No-one should be expected to take effectively a 6% pay cut. The government is in direct control over what the rail companies can offer, and is therefore responsible for all the disruption.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

It's these guys on strike who keep Blighty's creaky transport system working because without them the country is up the creek without a paddle. Their labor and dedication to the job must be recognized by the UK government with more gratitude in the form of better working conditions and more monetary compensation. After all, it's capitalism, innit?

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Just watched the RMT Union leader in BBC Newsnight. 

No you didn’t. He wasn’t on Newsnight yesterday.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

A union leader has employees?

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Excuse my reference @funkymofo: ''Members''

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Rail workers are just the tip of the iceberg. It's only a matter of time before others start striking.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

LIVE: Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) - 22 June 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEJuJa-uJnU

Jimizo, for the Government and Opposition, this is what negotiation looks like, ugly, fiddling whilst Rome burns. A gruesome 34 minutes.

The Trains have not be running to anywhere near pre pandemic levels, the blame game and pompous points scoring is front center.

The irony, when Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell proposed a future economic fiscal policy that would require a £400 billion debt requirement, for this Government to borrow upwards of £450 billion without any clear detailed audit to ascertain any direction or need to focus on the most vernable first.

The pandemic has exposed the political establishment incompetence.

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@itsonlyrocknroll

The political theatre/public spectacle/s##tshow of PMQs is not the same as a serious discussion behind closed doors to attempt to prevent massive industrial action. Jeremy Corbyn isn’t relevant here either. This isn’t PMQs whataboutery.

It’s not as if these strikes came out of the blue.

Again, why didn’t this government make a serious attempt to negotiate?

If this was a competent government, I’d say they wanted these strikes to weaponize them for political gain. With this shower, other reasons are possible.

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Jimizo

Excuse and humour my PMQ whataboutery, and political comparison to Corbyn, McDonnell historical pre pandemic fiscal and monetary policy.

The government just doesn't have the fiscal wiggle room.

During the pandemic Johnson mismanaged the economy, the track and trace, PPE public health England failure. etc and still no independent inquiry.

June borrowing requirement is nudging £14 billion.

I am still financing 70% of my UK families farming business.

The staff, some working tirelessly over 23 years, offered take a pay cut when they disserve a 7 to 9% pay increase minimum.

I struggle sometimes to sleep at night, because I cannot leverage my business share holdings.

If they went on strike it would be game over.

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The parliamentary establishment across the political spectrum have little or no understanding of the hardships facing UK most vernable, let alone the pulse of public opinion.

The RMT union is drenched in an ideological unwinnable war against the government.

This pandemic changed the face of rail travel beyond recognition.

The tax payer has bailed out the rail industry, not the government, there is little or no wiggle room.

Thousands of jobs are now at risk, if this strike persists.

There has to be fundamental change to how UK rail network is managed.

Transparent flexible working practices, must, at the same time accompany by a purge of office based senior and middle management, to be replaced by a 21st century automated work management system, top down.

All must be brought under a single authority.

The franchise operators, the infrastructure, and then focus on cutting the unwieldy bureaucracy.

The Unions, the Government, opposition needs to drop all the political ideological posturing and pull there heads out of there backsides.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

The photo, provides brutally, a business truth.

Without customers the rail industry will cease to exist, becoming economically unsustainable.

The Rail network is a essential service, sold off under the belief a unfitly of such strategic importance could become a means to leverage a tax on commuters needing to travel to work.

Now witness the outcome, as the pandemic and next generation communications technology, a WFH culture ensued, whipping the rung from under future investment in the rail network.

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@Express Sister : ok, sorry, whatever the programme is after the 10pm news on BBC1

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Just watched the RMT Union leader in BBC Newsnight. Hopelessly out of touch with modern business practices. Was even shouted down by some of his own employees. Disgraceful man in a powerful position.

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