In the United Kingdom, first steps to stop strikes

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Protesters in Liverpoool on February 6. PAUL ELLIS/AFP

The unions have accepted proposals for wage increases in the health and rail sectors.

Correspondent in London

After months of social turmoil and dialogue of the deaf, breakthroughs have been made by the government on the strike front. With common ground found with some unions in the health and rail sectors, he paved the way for other agreements, particularly with teachers, in order to stem the most important cycle of strikes in the UK since the 1980s.

On Monday, members of the powerful RMT union voted in favor of a wage offer from Network Rail, which owns and maintains the country’s rail infrastructure. According to the RMT, the wage increase is between 14.4% for the lowest paid categories and 9.2% for the best paid. This agreement does not necessarily put an end to the disturbances which have affected the rail sector for months, because other members of the RMT working for fourteen other companies are still in conflict. But the progress is important.

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