UK’s biggest rail strike in 30 years brings nation to complete standstill

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    • #492623
      Ohio Barbarian
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      (NY Post) Britain is facing its biggest rail strikes in three decades after last-minute talks between a union and train companies failed to agree on pay.

      Frustrated passengers in England, Scotland and Wales are dealing with severe disruption in what is the largest rail strike in 30 years as they scramble to find transport alternatives for their daily commutes.

      Up to 40,000 staffers are staging a walkout on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this week in a protest over pay and job security.

      This week’s strike will shut down most of the UK’s rail network, bringing the country to a complete standstill. Only about 4,500 of the usual 20,000 daily services are expected to run.

      Rail workers strike outside the Waterloo Station, on the first day of national rail strike in London.

      Full story here

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    • #492625
      David the Gnome
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      Gotta hand it to them for having the nerve to do this.  I wonder what legal protections they have in regards to this type of action.  Is it like the U.S. where the Boss can usually just fire them with impunity?  Well, at least in most right to work states.

      Hah, I suppose it couldn’t be.  Without these people they can’t run the damn trains.  No trains, no public transportation, work slows way the hell down, the economy takes a big hit…

      It will be interesting to see what happens here.  I imagine some big government and corporate officials are shitting their pants right about now.

      • #492626
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        The English are perfectly capable of putting their leaders’ heads on poles when they get pissed off enough. Right now I’d say the leading European candidates for a popular revolution are the UK and France.

        Also, all they’re asking for is a 7% raise. It’s not unreasonable given inflation, not at all, and will have a lot of popular support in spite of the massive inconvenience.

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    • #492633
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      it’s more than about pay….It’s about things called safety of workers/passengers, etc., etc….And I hope this is just the beginning because other public servants (+) and non elites face the same choices.

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

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      • #492789
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        But, you know how conventional wisdom goes!

        If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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        Bernie Boomer
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        Especially with Tory ministers trying to bring in strike-breakers (illegally, because this is a legal industrial action).

        Two years with no (zero) pay rise, while the bosses got theirs.
        Now the bosses telling them – we are offering 0% pay rise AND 2500 redundancies AND we’ll make you work 11 weeks more of nights and weekends with a 15% pay cut for nights and a 40% pay cut for weekends (from time and a quarter (nights) and time and a half (weekends) to a straight time and a tenth) AND we’ll fire senior operators and bring them back with a new job title and a £9000 pay-cut AND no more fuel subsidy for using your personal vehicle for work AND instead of teams, we’re creating ‘pools’. (This paraphrased from Mike Lynch, RMT union boss and phenomenal leader. Would they he were standing at the head of Labour instead of Starmer).

        So, more hours for less pay. No improvements to tech or infrastructure or safety.

      • #492930
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        There’s lot of nonsense flying around in the establishment media about the rail strikes. Curtis Daily explains why the strikes and unions are an essential line of defence against the destructive capitalist system the press and politicians are fighting to uphold.

         

        My guess is, U.S. Press need to lie to keep the strikes from happening here.

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      djean111
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      The trains are how people shop, go to school, go to work, etc.  This is a massive disruption.  Which is, IMO, what is needed globally.

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      • #492660
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        She was a true believer. Johnson’s just a toadie.

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        • #492688
          HassleCat
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          At least among politicians. She was horrible, selling off public property and enterprises for a few pence on the pound. Huge union buster, of course. Just nasty. Reagan without the fake folksy manner.

          • #492737
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            If that idiotic Argentinian junta hadn’t annexed the Falklands, Maggie wouldn’t have had her quick and easy little war to keep her in power. I wonder if somebody put those generals up to it, or whether they were just stupid and arrogant. I know they had domestic troubles they wanted to distract attention away from.

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      Babel 17
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      But this is an opportunity for him to quickly broker a settlement. If he tries to get tough and that fails he might see the threat of resignations from within his administration. He just survived a no-confidence vote so afaik that means his position is safe for quite a while. But he could be persuaded to resign.

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