Another day of strike supported by the railways of the United Kingdom, and this time in the middle of Christmas week. Faced with this circumstance, millions of people have been affected this Saturday by the strikes that support British trains in demand for better wages, a measure that will last until almost the end of the year.
Likewise, the border police continue today the strike that began yesterday and that affects the London airports of Heathrow and Gatwick, as well as those of Birmingham (central England), Manchester (northern England), Cardiff (Wales) and Glasgow ( Scotland), although interventions have been minimal as the authorities arranged for the use of volunteers and the military to avoid long queues at passport controls.
The day of Christmas Eve, leader of displacements in the country
This Christmas Eve is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year, as millions of people travel across the country to spend Christmas with their families. Passengers have had to find alternative transportation, such as long-distance buses, to travel.
Although the railways will maintain the measure of force in the coming days, this Sunday there will be no trains, buses or metro, as is the tradition on Christmas Day, the only day of the year that there is no means of transport, with the exception of private taxis.
Workers demand a 7% raise
The Network Rail company has offered the National Maritime, Rail and Transport Union (RMT), which represents railway staff, a 5% pay increase this year, but has been rejected because workers are demanding a 7% increase. , since British inflation exceeds 10%.
Border personnel, members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), will maintain this strike until the next 31st, with the exception of December 27th, after rejecting a 2% salary increase offer, since this union has asked for a 10% increase.
Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union general secretary Mark Serwotka ministers enter into negotiations.
This strike deepened the crisis in what is now called the winter of “discontent” in the United Kingdom due to the wave of strikes in various sectors, which demand wage increases due to the cost of living.