The transport secretary has advised unions planning widespread prepare strikes it’s “no option to behave” forward of subsequent week’s industrial motion.
Grant Shapps mentioned this was a “big mistake” and accused the unions of being “gunning for this strike”.
“It’ll inconvenience hundreds of thousands of individuals – college students doing their GCSEs and A-levels, folks attempting to get to hospitals to attempt get operations which have been postponed, maybe, throughout coronavirus,” he advised Sky Information’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme.
“It’s disastrous. It’s no option to behave on the railway. There isn’t any benefit to this.”
Unions have introduced strikes subsequent weet in a bitter row over pay, job and situations. RMT union mentioned it “can’t be passive” as its members face cuts to jobs and actual pay.
Industrial motion will hit Community Rail and 13 prepare operators on Tuesday, Thursday and subsequent Saturday, in addition to the London Underground on Tuesday.
Union boss says members are going through ‘disaster’
Mick Lynch, the RMT boss, mentioned his union didn’t need to be the “explanation for disruption” for folks.
“However we face a disaster for our members,” he advised Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday as he defined what lies on the centre of the dispute.
“We’re confronted with 1000’s of job cuts, regardless of what Grant Shapps says. There was no assure these redundancies received’t be obligatory,” he mentioned.
“We’ve seen 4 or 5 thousand jobs already go from the railway. They’ve advised our upkeep workers on Community Rail that 3,000 jobs will go.”
The union boss mentioned: “They’ll reduce on the protection regime. They’ve advised us that each single reserving workplace in Britain will shut. They’ve advised us they’re going to lengthen the working week from 35 hours to 40 – or probably 44.
“And for brand spanking new entrants, that may imply decrease wages. So they’re really proposing pay cuts, not a pay rise, and a rise in working time on the railway.”
Zoe Tidman19 June 2022 12:13
Transport secretary requested why he hasn’t met union since final month
The transport secretary has been requested why he has not met with the RMT union – which has referred to as the strikes – because the center of Might.
Grant Shapps mentioned negotiations wanted to happen with the employers. “These are the individuals who have the ability to settle this,” he mentioned.
Zoe Tidman19 June 2022 11:20
‘Isn’t that simply code for job cuts?’ Shapps requested
Grant Shapps additionally advised Sky Information the federal government wished “modernisation” on the railways in return for pay.
Presenter Sophy Ridge requested him if that was “code” for job cuts.
Zoe Tidman19 June 2022 10:17
‘That is no option to behave,’ journey secretary tells unions
Grant Shapps has warned the RMT union that this week’s rail strikes can be “disastrous” for the business.
The journey secretary accused union boss Mick Lynch of “gunning” for industrial motion that may inconvenience hundreds of thousands of individuals by way of the nation.
“It’s a big mistake. The unions have been gunning for this strike all through. This strike is totally pointless,” he advised Sky Information’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme.
“It’ll inconvenience hundreds of thousands of individuals – college students doing their GCSEs and A-levels, folks attempting to get to hospitals to attempt get operations which have been postponed, maybe, throughout coronavirus.
“It’s disastrous. It’s no option to behave on the railway. There isn’t any benefit to this. I do know Mick Lynch says he’s ‘nostalgic for union energy’ however that is no option to behave.”
Zoe Tidman19 June 2022 09:11
Starmer accuses authorities of ‘pouring petrol on fireplace’ of rail strike dispute
Sir Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson and the transport secretary Grant Shapps of “stoking divisions” over nationwide rail strikes set to happen this week.
The Labour chief will accuse the federal government of “pouring petrol on the fireplace” over its dealing with of the dispute with unions, as a substitute of making an attempt to take the warmth out of the row.
Zoe Tidman19 June 2022 00:57
What are the strikes all about?
Here’s a reminder of what rail employees are preventing for.
Union boss Mick Lynch mentioned 1000’s of jobs have been being reduce throughout the rail networks and employees have been going through below-inflation pay rises.
“Within the face of this large assault on our folks the RMT can’t be passive,” he mentioned.
Different points at stake are outlined right here:
Zoe Tidman18 June 2022 20:09
ICYMI: London mayor blames authorities over certainly one of subsequent week’s strikes
London’s mayor has accused the federal government of “inciting” certainly one of subsequent week’s rail strikes, as extra employees are set to be balloted for industrial motion in rising disputes over pay and jobs.
Zoe Tidman18 June 2022 19:09
Rail business physique criticises strike
A Rail Supply Group, an business membership physique, as criticised the strike motion confirmed in the present day.
A spokesperson mentioned: “Nobody wins within the occasion of a strike. The motion subsequent week will have an effect on the hundreds of thousands of people that use the prepare every day, together with key employees, college students with exams, those that can not earn a living from home, holidaymakers and other people attending necessary enterprise and leisure occasions.”
They added: “Working with Community Rail, our plan is to maintain as many providers working as doable, however vital disruption can be inevitable and a few components of the community won’t have a service, so passengers ought to plan their journeys rigorously and examine their prepare instances.”
Zoe Tidman18 June 2022 18:11
Union boss met with cheers as she addresses crowd on rail strikes
Frances O’Grady, normal secretary of the Trades Union Congress has been met with applause and cheers as she gave a speech to the group in Parliament Sq..
She mentioned: “I’ve seen the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has threatened rail employees that they are going to strike themselves out of a job.
“Effectively you’re mistaken Mr Shapps: in case you maintain stirring, come the subsequent election, you may be out of a job.”
Zoe Tidman18 June 2022 16:10
Rail strikes subsequent week may ‘price tourism, leisure and theatre sectors over £1bn’
Subsequent week’s rail strikes may devastate the UK’s post-Covid restoration and value key industries over a billion kilos, the federal government has been advised.
Kate Nicholls, chief government of business group UK Hospitality, warned tourism and leisure companies have been already fragile after pandemic lockdowns and would take a “massive hit”.
“At the most effective, we expect it’s going to take successful to hospitality revenues of over half a billion kilos,” she advised Occasions Radio.
“However that presupposes that many individuals will journey on these shoulder days when the trains and the Tubes will nonetheless be disrupted – it might be extra vital than that.
“And in case you look throughout the entire tourism, and leisure and theatre industries as an entire, you’re positively taking a look at an financial hit of over a billion kilos.”
Zoe Tidman18 June 2022 14:47