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A one-day rail strike in Britain

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Mick Lynch (centre), general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, pickets outside London’s Euston station. © Stephen Rousseau/PA Wire/dpa

A wave of strikes paralyzes Great Britain. Apart from railway employees, health department employees, border security personnel and post office employees were also absent several times.

LONDON – In Great Britain, a rail strike has once again paralyzed parts of the public. British news agency PA reported that tens of thousands of workers at various railway companies staged a walkout on Tuesday. Only every fifth train left the station. Rail services were brought to a complete standstill in large parts of Scotland and Wales.

The railway union RMT is demanding higher wages and better working conditions for its members. The collective bargaining dispute has led to months of failure and train chaos. Union boss Mick Lynch appealed for understanding and accused the British government of “doing nothing”. Thus the workers were called to end the strike.

More strikes have been announced in the coming days. The Rail Delivery Group, which includes several rail companies, called on people to travel only “if absolutely necessary”.

There are regular strikes in many sectors in the kingdom. Healthcare workers, Border Patrol agents and postal workers are also fighting for higher wages in the face of rising consumer prices. dpa