Massive UK train strike over inflation

Huge UK train strike amid inflation


British rail is almost at a standstill on Saturday after the main rail unions decided on another day of collective mobilization, the biggest strike of the year, to demand a rise in wages in the face of to record inflation.  

This is the first time this year that four transport unions, RMT, Unite, Aslef, TSSA, have coordinated for a common day of action. Only 11% of trains will run in the country, with many regions without any service.

Apologizing to users on the BBC for the expected disruption, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch justified the strike: “the government has caused this conflict” by proposing “to cut our jobs, cut our pensions and cut our wages in the face of inflation”. 

British households are facing inflation of almost 10% and are worried about whether they will be able to warm themselves or pay their mortgages this winter. Despite the announcement of a freeze on energy price caps, prices have doubled in one year and the government, in office for less than a month, is more unpopular than ever. 

< p>The strike is likely to disrupt the visit of Arsenal and Tottenham fans to London on the day of the derby between the two north London football clubs. It also comes on the eve of the launch in Birmingham of the annual Conservative Party congress and as the London Marathon takes place on Sunday, which attracts tens of thousands of people to the British capital. 

Railway workers, but also dockers, postal workers, criminal lawyers or garbage collectors have multiplied strikes since June to demand wage increases in the face of the cost of living crisis.  

Several unions, representing railway workers in particular, had announced a truce in their mobilization after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, but the movements have since resumed with renewed vigor.

Further strikes in trains and the London Underground are planned next week.