Rail transport in the greater part of the United Kingdom suffers severe restrictions this Saturday by a team of train conductors from new companies, in the first of several stops in the sector scheduled this week.
The majority of intercity trains that connect London with the north of England, Scotland and south of Wales have been cancelled, although in several regions of the country, mainly in central and south of England, no train will run until Sunday through morning
At the root of the dispute between some 6,500 train drivers and railway operators over the rise in wages, the Overground, the metro lines of the British capital that circulate on the surface, will be in service.
Four unions that bring together workers from the sector will go to huelga this week, so it is expected that only a fifth of the usual services will be in operation during some days.
As of July, about 40,000 members of the RMT union employed in 14 railway companies and the network rail operator will carry out 24-hour stops that will resume transport on the next weekend, when interruptions are also expected the London suburb.
Mick Lynch, general secretary of the Aslef union, which groups train drivers, assured the BBC today that the Government demands that the railway companies do not offer salary increases of more than 2%, despite the fact that inflation in the United Kingdom has risen. el 10% in July.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Transport says that this accusation is “completely false”.
“We have said since the beginning that we hope that the unions and the industry will reach a fair agreement for the employees, the passengers and the contributors”, said the Ministerio.
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