Trains paralyzed again in UK as unions stage fresh strikes


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Lynch is right. My pay has dropped almost 20% in real terms over the past ten years, always tiny pay rises well under the rate of inflation. Inflation is soaring, energy costs have doubled, food prices through the roof. The Royal Mail have also voted to strike, barristers have been striking for several weeks, nurses in Scotland have overwhelmingly voted to strike and colleagues in England are set to do the same next month. Expect a winter of discontent.

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Power to the people!

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UK people have to deal with too many major problems. Heat, floods, droughts, high energy prices, rail and tube strikes, barrister strikes, cost of living, evictions over rent rises. I worry for my family.

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I have sympathy for people like nurses who only get paid peanuts but work hard. And yet these tube drivers get paid A LOT for sitting around.

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Good, burn it down, burn it all down. Britain is a cesspit and major producer of world-instability, along with the Americans.

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ESL Mundi - you sound like you are still salty that the Russians aren’t in Portugal yet. Your hatred of America is noted, and we are disappointed for sure. What can we do to get back in your good graces?

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It seems certain the UK moving towards industrial unrest associated with the 1970's.

Heralding Margaret Thatcher ruthless crushing trade unions reforms.

Unleashing Ferdinand Mount policy unit paper on trade union reform.

"We must neglect no opportunity to erode trade union membership wherever this corresponds to the wishes of the workforce. We must see to it our new legal structure discourages trade union membership of the new industries,"

The ending was the crushing of the Arthur Scargill National Union of Mineworkers.

As for Mick Lynch, Rail, Maritime and Transport union the covid pandemic has hollowed out the entire sector.

WFH has become an excepted practice.

Liz Truss has wasted no time in pledging to forward legislation within her first 50 days, if backed for conservative party leadership.

Truss proposals include new laws mandating cooling off period to widening the gap to implement strike ballots whilst enshrining guarantee minimum levels of service are maintained on public transport in law.

This will not end well for anybody.

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The proposal to maintain services during strike is pie in the sky. Who will do the work? You have to be qualified or at least received training for most of these jobs. It would be illegal to prevent a person from withdrawing their labour. As for working from home, many employers, and the government, are trying to get staff back in the workplace.

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I doubt if there is any workable contingency plan.

Plus there is genuine backing from the workforce. A democratically balloted action to strike.

I would suggest, a more pragmatic approach.

A question, does UK want a reliable, next generation integrated public transport network?

If so, the whole area of whether such a network should be state owned as an essential utility.

The rail network, which business model is reliant on season ticket holders. The cost to these commuters are exorbitant. It is little wonder that WFH has become second nature, when adding in the prospect of rampant inflation, cost of living crisis etc.

Then BOE failed policy to act sooner.

If media predictions are correct then families could be facing mortgage misery with interest rate rises, on top of an energy crisis.

By all accounts, the pandemic has already stretched families net disposable equivalised household income to breaking point.

The whole welfare state existing model could require a complete restructuring.

Point to an obvious conclusion, there is no back to the future answer to solve a crisis in the here and now.

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