Britain’s Biggest Rail Strike in 30 Years

Britain's Biggest Rail Strike in 30 Years

Britain is facing the biggest rail strike in 30 years on Tuesday, when 50,000 union members protested demanding an 11 per cent pay hike, affecting millions of commuters across the country.

Tuesday’s strike is the first of three national rail strikes in England, Scotland and Wales, the BBC reported, with two more planned for Thursday and Saturday.

Officials have advised the general public not to travel as only a fifth of the trains will run on half the network.

Meanwhile, there will be no train service in areas north from Glasgow or Edinburgh, to Penzance in Cornwall, to Swansea or Holyhead.

Elsewhere, a small portion of the day will be covered by services and for some long-distance routes the final departure will be in the middle of the afternoon.

Andrew Haines, chief executive of Network Rail, the company that owns and runs Britain’s rail infrastructure, told the BBC he was “sorry” for the massive disruption.

But he said, there were about 18 months of talks between Network Rail and the RMT union on the proposed changes, pay and redundancies.

Haines said no more than 2,000 jobs would be lost, but believed all could be voluntary.

The strike called by RMT union members is over pay and redundancies, and more dues later this month and in July.

London Underground workers have also gone on strike over a separate dispute over pensions and job losses, forcing commuters to turn to alternative modes of transport.

The websites of Transport for London and Network Rail crashed on Tuesday morning as people tried to find a way to go to work or school.

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