Strikes around UK amidst rising living cost

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Thousands of people have gathered on the streets of London to demand that the government address the rising cost of living.

As part of an action organized by the Trades Union Congress, workers marched to Parliament to demand better pay and working conditions (TUC). The union has advocated for a £15 minimum wage and a “fair pay raise for public sector workers.” “We stepped in to lessen the strain,” a Treasury spokesman stated. The government is also “supporting eight million of the most needy British families this year through at least £1,200 in direct assistance – and giving every home £400 to help pay their energy costs,” according to the spokesman.


The Teachers’ Union, NASUWT, was among those who attended the march, calling for a “pay raise and an urgent rebalancing of burden” for the profession. The Department for Education (DfE) expressed its gratitude for “continuing efforts of teachers and school leaders in helping pupils,” and said it was working to “provide pay rises and pay awards for new and experienced teachers.” According to the union, the value of teachers’ compensation has decreased by 19 percent in the last 12 years as living expenditures have outpaced wages.


Union leaders have confirmed that rail and tube strikes will take place next week after discussions failed to resolve a dispute over compensation, jobs, and conditions. Negotiations with Network Rail, train operators, and London Underground, according to the Rail, Maritime, and Transport union (RMT), have failed. The strike will wreak havoc in England, Scotland, and Wales. It was regrettable, according to the Department of Transportation, because strikes should “always be the last choice.” Thousands of workers will be involved in the strike, which will take place on Tuesday, Thursday, and next Saturday across 13 train operators and Network Rail, as well as a London Underground strike on Tuesday. Operators have stated that there would be spillover impacts on other days.


Meanwhile, Network Rail has advised travelers not to travel by train unless absolutely necessary during next week’s strikes, when nearly half of all rail lines will be blocked. On strike days, only roughly 20% of services will function on a skeleton schedule. For example, the last train from Edinburgh to London departs at 13:30, and the last train from Manchester departs at 14:47. “No one wins in the case of a strike,” the Rail Delivery Group stated, adding that it would cooperate with Network Rail to keep as many trains operating as possible.

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