As inflation climbs, train workers in the United Kingdom continue their nationwide strike. They believe their wages have not kept pace with inflation, which is at its highest level in four decades and continues to increase.
The majority of the English rail system has been privatised since the 1990s. Nonetheless, private corporations must adhere to certain government rules. The British Rail Workers’ Union is negotiating higher wages with companies and has urged the British government to take immediate action.
The Union emphasises that train drivers have not received a salary raise in three years and underlines that this situation is intolerable considering the escalating cost of living.
On the other hand, railway companies cannot grant adequate pay increases without government permission.
However, a British Department of Transport representative merely asked employees and employers to resolve their differences so that commuters could travel without interruption.
John Michael Whelan, the General Secretary of the train drivers’ union, ASLEF, said that the increase in wages proposed by the transport companies is completely irrational based on the current conditions and the government will not do anything.
He added that many heads of transportation companies do not pay attention to the conditions of the workers, and most of these people are monsters who do not understand the workers’ living conditions.
It is said that 96% of the workers and employees of the British railway system are under the negative influence of the low salary situation.
Previously, on June 21, 23, and 25, about 40,000 employees of the Rail Network and 13 other railway companies went on strike. It was the most extensive rail strike in Britain since 1989. Another strike took place on Wednesday, July 27.
According to the statistics, more than 40,000 workers and employees of railway lines will hold another strike on August 18 and 20. These strikes, in addition to the chaos and increasing dissatisfaction of the citizens, cost millions of pounds daily.
Saturday’s strike comes a day after London’s subway system ground to a standstill on Friday due to a strike by its employees, which followed a strike by train workers on Thursday.
No indication of breakthrough toward a settlement of the rail conflicts has been observed to yet, and there are worries that they may continue to grow, further eroding the British economy.