Struck Down! Rail strike gets called off, last minute

This author was bombarded with emails from the Transport for London (TfL) comms team regarding a massive scale national rail strike to be held on the 25th and 26th of May.

“It is our members battling to keep Britain moving around the clock and they deserve a fair share from Network Rail for their incredible efforts,” says Mick Cash

The undergrounders (I can’t call them tubers) weren’t meant to escape the brunt of the strike. TfL sent out warnings of major travel disruptions and that they were making an additional 100 strong fleet of buses up and running to combat the strike.

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The National Rail strike, supported by the TSSA, RMT and Unite unions would have the first such strike in the UK after 20 years.

The main issue promoting the staffers to strike was the issue of pay hikes. About 16,000 National rail employees decided to ‘walk out’ following a four-year long pay dispute, according to RMT union.

“We should not complain much,” she told me… “We are not supposed to”.

“As far as we are concerned the one-off, non-consolidated, lump-sum payment this year is wholly inadequate and fails to recognise the massive pressures staff are working under to keep services running at a time when the company is generating profits of £1bn. It is our members battling to keep Britain moving around the clock and they deserve a fair share from Network Rail for their incredible efforts,” Mick Cash, general secretary at the RMT told the Financial Times.

This author decided to ask the National Rail employees themselves, about what they thought of the strike.

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Unfortunately, they have been given strict guidelines asking them not to speak to the press regarding the pay dispute. However Gloria (name changed to protect identity) spoke to this author regarding her experience. She said that in this economy, money would never be enough and jobs never too secure.

“We should not complain much,” she told me… “We are not supposed to”.

Well, a national rail station looks pretty desolate to me.

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