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What Are the UK Rail Strikes All About?

The 2022 UK rail strikes are the largest industrial action to hit the country since 1989. The strikes are affecting the nation’s rail network and subway services. In addition, the Government has threatened to remove some of the protections for striking workers set forth in the law.

In recent days, Britain has been hit by rail strikes that have disrupted public transport in many parts of the country. In England and Wales, around 20 percent of services were affected on Tuesday, and further cancellations are expected on Thursday and Friday. This disruption is hitting the leisure, tourism, and supply sectors.

Rail companies say they can’t afford to offer any bigger pay rises because of the current passenger figures. Last year, there were almost one billion train journeys in the U.K., which is below the pre-COVID-19 peak. However, the train companies are trying to make cuts in staff and cut costs. In recent days, last-minute talks between the union and the rail companies have failed to yield any progress. The union, the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union, has refused to accept the rail firms’ offer of a 3% pay rise and job cuts.

The government has responded by making good on its threats to remove protections for striking workers. It is also scrapping the ban on agency workers. This is a very incendiary move, and the unions are furious. Mick Lynch, of the RMT, says the government is ignoring the wishes of workers and calling them liars.

The strike is happening in London, with the Tube, bus and train services all affected. The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) unions are behind the strike, which is set to last until the middle of August. The strike is also expected to affect the British athletics championships in Manchester. There are also reports that the strike will affect Elton John and Rolling Stones concerts in Hyde Park. Currently, over 50,000 railway workers in thirteen train companies are taking part in the walkout, which is expected to affect over 80% of the UK’s rail services.

On Friday, London Underground and Overground services are expected to be significantly disrupted, with little or no services throughout the day. In addition, there will be no night service on either of those routes. TfL urges customers to stay off the Tube and use other methods of transport if possible.

The union CWU has set four days of strike action to get a pay rise. The company is offering a 2% pay rise backdated to April and extra benefits equivalent to a 3.5% increase. However, the CWU believes that an increase should be in line with inflation. Postal services will be affected by the strike. The union is warning that customers will notice delays in mail and delayed delivery.

Workers at the Royal Mail postal service are set to strike for four days from the end of August in a dispute over pay and working conditions. The union’s membership voted in favour of industrial action after rejecting the company’s offer of a 5.5% pay rise. Despite the strike action, the company apologised to its customers for the disruption and said it would do everything to minimise it.

The company says that the pay deal it has offered is the biggest increase in years, but the CWU points out that it is below inflation. As a result of this, workers plan to strike on Friday, August 26, Wednesday, August 31, and Friday, September 8 and September 9. The CWU says that it is “disappointed” that the company is refusing to negotiate with the union, and it will be “unjust” for the company to retaliate.

After weeks of rail strikes in the UK, the Government has now threatened to remove some of the protections set out in law for striking workers. However, unions have refused to take this threat and instead say that the Government should back its workers’ right to strike.

The lockdown, which has left much of the rail network in a state of disruption, has led to a decline in revenues and commuter habits. The Government says it must take action to return the rail industry to a “sustainable footing” and implement a modernisation programme. This would include longer working hours and an increase in wages. The RMT union is calling for a 7% pay rise, rejecting the 2% pay offer from Network Rail, which included job cuts.

The UK government is also introducing legislation to make it easier for businesses to use agency workers to replace striking workers. The changes are expected to be in place by mid-July. The changes will allow employers to replace striking workers with agency workers who have a specific skill set. This will ensure that companies have the resources to fill the crucial roles in the company during a strike.

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