Great Britain: The biggest train strike in the last 30 years – 80 percent of all trains have been canceled – News Abroad

Abandoned train station, thousands of people have to work from home – the UK seems to be back in lock.

But this time it wasn’t the coronavirus that paralyzed the country, it was the biggest rail strike in more than 30 years. Around 50,000 members of the RMT railway union will speak on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The result: Eighty percent of all trains fall, according to “BBC“Out. The rest runs only eleven hours a day and only on the main lines.

The situation in London is particularly dramatic: Today, the really busy financial metropolis does not even run on the Tube. Commuters have to squeeze in overcrowded buses and scratch for seats on the few trains that are still running.

“I’m definitely not getting on the bus because everyone is packed,” Nurse Priya Govender told an AP reporter at London Bridge. “My day has been terrible so far and it’s still long.”

To the east of the capital, a frustrated commuter stood in front of a crowded bus just to take him away.

London students, who now pass their final exams, also had problems getting to school on time. In fact, for the first time since the pandemic, Glastonbury, one of the most famous festivals in the UK, attended by people from all over the country.


Happy passengers look different: Passengers have to squeeze into the few trains that are still runningFoto: HENRY NICHOLLS/REUTERS

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Happy passengers look different: Passengers have to squeeze into the few trains that are still runningPhoto: HENRY NICHOLLS / REUTERS


London Bridge, one of London's main stations, is deadFoto: Tony Hicks/AP

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London Bridge, one of London’s main stations, is deadPhoto: Tony Hicks / AP

The RMT union demanded a 7.1 percent wage increase in December due to rising inflation (at that time it was around four percent). But extraordinary talks on Monday night failed.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (58) has accused unions of harming those they want to help. “These strikes are pushing out commuters, who are ultimately providing work for the railroads,” Johnson said at a government meeting on Tuesday.

The consequences of the departure would be felt by companies and communities across the country. The prime minister fears that inflation could be supported by wage increases.