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Thousands of UK workers went on strike

40,000 railway workers launched a two-day strike in the UK due to the ongoing disagreement over salary increases and working conditions.

40,000 railway workers who are members of the Railway, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) in the country went on a two-day strike demanding that their salaries be increased in line with inflation and that their working conditions should be improved.

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Railway operator Network Rail has offered workers a 5% raise for this year and a 4% raise for next year.

The union announced yesterday that it rejected the new offer from Network Rail on the grounds that it was below inflation.

Network Rail stated that about 20 percent of train services across the country can be made and called for passengers to travel “only if necessary”.

Railway workers will continue the strike on 16 and 17 December.

 

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WAVE OF STRIKE IS GROWING

Many unions, who argue that salaries are falling in the face of the rising cost of living and inflation in the country, and therefore do not accept the proposed salary increase below the annual inflation rate exceeding 11 percent, are taking the decision to strike one after the other.

There are a wide range of occupational groups, especially teachers, bus drivers, port workers, journalists, civil servants, criminal lawyers, railway, airport, university, aviation and postal service workers, among the participants in the action to quit.

In addition to the strike decisions, thousands of people protesting the cost of living and austerity policies frequently organize demonstrations and marches across the country, especially in the capital, London.

The government, on the other hand, is looking for ways to cope with the growing wave of strikes. In this context, the British government warned that it could “respond hard” to trade unions that insisted on going on strike and stated that they are working on new laws against the strike wave. 

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