British trains stand still again | free press

No agreement in sight: The dispute over wages and job cuts continues. Further strikes cannot be ruled out.


In Great Britain, a number of trains have again stopped in the stations.

National Rail workers and many other train operators walked out for the third time in a week, leaving around a fifth of usual services running, according to the British PA news agency.

Passengers were advised not to travel by train unless absolutely necessary. The failures and delays caused by strikes across the country should continue into Sunday.

There is no sign of an agreement in the conflict over wages and job cuts. “We are not ruling out further strikes but have not set any dates yet,” said RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch.

The railway union RMT is demanding seven percent more money for its members. Employers want to give a maximum of three percent. The background is that the inflation rate in Great Britain is more than nine percent and could continue to rise. In addition, the union is demanding that the railway company Network Rail withdraw plans according to which 2,500 jobs are to be cut.

The union is asking the British government to intervene in the conflict, but the government refuses, saying it is not responsible. “Even an hour’s conversation with a minister would be an hour they [die Gewerkschafter] A spokesman for Network Rail said RMT’s chief negotiator had spent more time on television this week than at the negotiating table. His motto was apparently: “Strike first , then negotiate”. (dpa)


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