युनाइटेड किंगडमको नेशनल युनियन अफ रेल, मेरिटाइम एण्ड ट्रान्सपोर्ट वर्कर्स (RMT) युनियनका ४०,००० भन्दा बढी सदस्यहरू, गार्ड, खानपान कर्मचारी, सिग्नलर र ट्र्याक मर्मत कार्यकर्ताहरू सहित ३० वर्षमा देशको सबैभन्दा ठूलो रेल हड्तालमा भाग लिइरहेका छन्।
यूके रेलमार्ग कर्मचारीहरूले आज मध्यरात 12 मा काम छोडे र वाकआउटहरू यस हप्ता बिहीबार र शनिबार जारी रहनेछन्।
Only about 20% of passenger trains were scheduled to run today in the UK, affecting millions of passengers.
The United Kingdom’s (UK) National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers is currently in a dispute with the rail operators over pay, pensions and job cuts.
“The British worker needs a pay rise,” RMT Secretary General Mick Lynch said. “They need job security, decent conditions and a square deal in general. If we can get that we won’t have to have the disruption in the British economy that we’ve got now, and which may develop across the summer.”
The last-ditch talks between unions and operators, that are set to cut jobs, pay and pensions as rail passenger numbers have not returned to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, broke down on Monday, paving the way for labor action.
Andrew Haines, chief executive of UK operator Network Rail, said he was “profoundly sorry” to passengers for the disruption but blamed the RMT for not willing to compromise.
A separate strike also took place on the London Underground on Tuesday. There are warnings this could be just the start of a summer of strikes, with British teachers and nurses also threatening industrial action out of similar grievances.