Train strike June 2022: PM ‘whipping up divisions’ ahead of rail disruptions, Khan says

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Sadiq Khan has accused the federal government of “inciting” subsequent week’s Tube strike.

The London Mayor claimed that Boris Johnson and Grant Shapps have been “whipping up” division with the Transport for London funding deal.

He mentioned: “The Tories are in authorities and that is traditional deflecting from Shapps and Johnson who’re accountable for this divisive politics, for whipping up them versus us, communities versus staff.”

It comes as extra railway staff are to be balloted for strikes in escalating disputes over pay and jobs, growing the specter of a summer season of journey chaos.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Affiliation (TSSA) served discover to poll a whole bunch of staff at Southeastern, saying it was demanding a assure of no obligatory redundancies, no unagreed adjustments to phrases and situations, and a pay improve which displays the rising price of residing.

Additional motion might add to the three days of strikes scheduled on 21, 23 and 25 June.

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Heavy journey disruption might be confronted at this time as elements of England expertise temperatures near 35C, Community Rail has warned.

Overheated wires and tracks might trigger disruption and delays, the rail operator has warned bringing journey chaos earlier than strikes subsequent week.

Thomas Kingsley17 June 2022 13:30

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Watch: Grant Shapps urges rail staff not strike ‘below fundamental lie’

Grant Shapps urges rail staff not strike ‘below fundamental lie’

Thomas Kingsley17 June 2022 12:45

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Authorities ‘whipping up division’ between communities and staff

Sadiq Khan has accused the federal government of “inciting” subsequent week’s Tube strike.

The London Mayor claimed that Boris Johnson and Grant Shapps have been “whipping up” division with the Transport for London funding deal.

He mentioned: “On the core of that is the federal government… orchestrating and engineering and inciting a strike in London by attaching these situations to the funding deal, which has received the commerce unions actually involved.

“The Tories are in authorities and that is traditional deflecting from Shapps and Johnson who’re accountable for this divisive politics, for whipping up them versus us, communities versus staff.

“And now they have the audacity in charge Her Majesty’s Official Opposition for these strikes when it is the federal government that is within the cockpit.

“It is punishing the incorrect folks – it is the federal government who’re attaching these strings, not Londoners, not our companies, not our key staff.”

(PA)

Thomas Kingsley17 June 2022 12:15

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Southeastern staff to be balloted for strikes set to trigger extra summer season journey chaos

Extra railway staff are to be balloted for strikes in escalating disputes over pay and jobs, growing the specter of a summer season of journey chaos.

The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Affiliation (TSSA) served discover to poll a whole bunch of staff at Southeastern, saying it was demanding a assure of no obligatory redundancies, no unagreed adjustments to phrases and situations, and a pay improve which displays the rising price of residing.

The poll opens on 23 June and closes on 11 July, so motion might begin from 25 July.

Thomas Kingsley17 June 2022 11:45

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All of the trains working in the course of the rail strike

Through the deliberate nationwide rail strikes for 3 dates in late June, solely 22 per cent of passenger prepare companies will run – most of them on key hyperlinks to and from London.

In keeping with the RMT, it’s “the largest dispute on the community since 1989” and can contain 40,000 staff.

A senior rail supply mentioned the plan was to run “as respectable a rail service as we will”.

Solely round half of Britain’s rail community will probably be open on strike days, from round 7.30am till 6.30pm.

At Community Rail, the infrastructure supplier, essentially the most crucial roles within the day-to-day working of the railway are 5,000 signallers.

Administration and different employees are anticipated to cowl about half the community for about 11 hours per day. Many traces will see no trains.

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When do the prepare strikes begin?

After members of the RMT rail union voted 8:1 in favour of strike motion over jobs, pay and situations, their union has known as nationwide rail strikes for 3 dates in late June.

Union members at Community Rail and 13 prepare operators will stage 24-hour walkouts on 21, 23 and 25 June.

What might the impact be? And are different disputes on the horizon?

Learn beneath for key questions concerning the strikes answered by our journey correspondent, Simon Calder:

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‘Be part of me in condemning rail strikes,’ Sajid Javid tells Wes Streeting

Well being minister Sajid Javid has known as on shadow well being secretary Wes Streeting to again his condemnation of rail strikes he says will trigger “susceptible sufferers will miss appointments.”

Talking on Query Time final week Wes Streeting mentioned he can be placing if he labored within the rail trade. He mentioned: “Put it this manner, if I have been a member of the RMT and my jobs have been in danger like this, then I might be voting to go on strike and I’d be voting to defend my job’s phrases and situations.”

In keeping with reviews, Wes Streeting was pressured to apologise for his remarks.

Sajid Javid mentioned in a letter to Wes Streeting posted on Twitter: “I do know that you just care about well being and care on this nation. So please put sufferers first and be part of me in condemning the influence of those unjustified strikes that are unhealthy for sufferers and unhealthy for NHS and social care employees.”

Thomas Kingsley17 June 2022 10:15

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Rail strikes ‘threat folks’s livelihood’ minister says

Authorities minister Paul Scully has mentioned the upcoming rail strikes “threat folks’s livelihoods” at a “fragile” time for private funds.

The enterprise minister additionally urged London Mayor Sadiq Khan to raise the congestion cost and cease non-essential roadworks on the strike days.

Talking on LBC, he mentioned: “If you are going to strike you threat different companies, different folks’s livelihoods, but in addition the rail system up and down the nation, together with in London.

“As a result of we’re at some extent the place we are attempting to get folks again into work and it is fragile – any excuse to cease folks travelling actually does have an effect on the fare field and the monetary viability of the rail service.

“We do not wish to threat anyone’s job so please get across the desk, it is not serving to anyone.

“What I might additionally name for although, is assuming that the rail strikes do go forward, that in London the mayor lifts the congestion cost and stops non-essential roadworks on these strike days to make it simpler for folks to go about their enterprise and get into work.”

Thomas Kingsley17 June 2022 10:00

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NHS tells sufferers to plan forward throughout strikes

NHS sufferers in England are being urged to plan forward for appointments as rail strikes are set to trigger journey chaos subsequent week.

Talking forward of the strikes, the NHS’s prime physician reminded folks that “the NHS stays open” as he known as on folks to hunt care when wanted.

The strikes might have a selected influence on hospitals in London, a lot of which have restricted parking capability for these contemplating driving to appointments in its place.

Professor Sir Stephen Powis, nationwide medical director for the NHS in England, mentioned: “With rail strikes anticipated throughout the nation subsequent week, I’m urging those that have appointments booked in to plan forward and take a look at various choices for attending to their GP follow or hospital if wanted.

“The NHS sees thousands and thousands of individuals each week for pressing and routine care and it’s important that folks entry the care they want regardless of disruptions – the NHS stays open, so please do proceed to come back ahead.”

Thomas Kingsley17 June 2022 09:45

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Passengers warned to not journey throughout prepare strikes

Rail and Tube passengers are suggested to not journey subsequent week as strikes are set to trigger “most disruption” to the transport community.

Passengers “who should journey” are being urged by Community Rail (NR) to “plan forward”.

No passenger companies will probably be serving cities and cities resembling Penzance in Cornwall, Bournemouth in Dorset, Swansea in south Wales, Holyhead in north Wales, Chester in Cheshire and Blackpool, Lancashire.

In Scotland, there will even be no passenger trains working north from Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Learn the complete story beneath:

Thomas Kingsley17 June 2022 09:44

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