The turmoil in the UK increases as rail and the National Union of Rail have announced to go on another strike soon which can cause chaos and panic among the passengers who intend to use rail service to attend sports events like the English football league and Commonwealth games all scheduled to take place later.
The rail workers have announced a strike to begin on the 27th of July over the pay disputes and the gruesome conditions of working for the employees. It is anticipated that this will be the UK’s biggest rail strike in decades.
The National Union of Rail, Transport Workers (RMT) and Maritime has announced to take part in the strike and stated that the owner of the Network Rail has announced to increase the pay by 4% yet the inflation has surged to a whopping 10% across Britain.
“The offer from Network Rail represents a real terms pay cut for our members and the paltry sum is conditional on RMT members agreeing to drastic changes in their working lives,” said general secretary Mick Lynch.
“Strike action is the only course open to us to make both the rail industry and government understand that this dispute will continue for as long as it takes.”
The train driver’s union ASLEF has also announced a day of strike action on the 30th of July as the train companies have miserably failed to make them an offer that will sustain them as the cost of living increases due to ongoing inflation.
The general secretary of ASLEF, Mick Whelan stated that the strike is “the only option available” as they await a “fair and sensible offer” from the government.
“We don’t want to inconvenience passengers – not least because our friends and families use public transport, too, and we believe in building trust in the railways in Britain – and we don’t want to lose money by going on strike,” Whelan said in a statement.
“But we’ve been forced into this position by the train companies, driven by the Tory government.”
The strike announcement might blow the plans of a lot of passengers and fans of the sporting events like commonwealth games and the English football league who have been meaning to travel through the trains.
The Commonwealth games are scheduled to begin on 28th July in Birmingham while the powerful Manchester City will be facing Liverpool at the King Power stadium of Leicester on 30th July. The organizations fear that the events will witness fewer spectators than earlier anticipated because of the rail strike.
“It’s hugely disappointing that unions have decided to strike during a fantastic Summer of sport which has been in the planning for years,” sports minister Nigel Huddleston tweeted.“This could hugely impact the spectator experience for those planning to travel by train. The strike action comes at a critical stage of the Women’s Euros and the start of the Commonwealth Games.”