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British railway workers launch nationwide strike

British railway workers go on strike. Johnson deems strikes “wrong and unnecessary”.

Where: UK

The Facts

On June 21st, train passengers across Britain faced widespread disruptions and cancellations as railway workers embarked on a nationwide strike.
The RMT (The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) union asserted that the strikes were necessary and justified as railway workers’ wages have failed to keep pace with inflation in the country, adding that the “source” of the dispute was the Tory government’s decision to cut £4 billion in funding from National Rail and Transport for London.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch stated, “RMT members are leading the way for all workers in this country who are sick and tired of having their pay and conditions slashed by a mixture of big business profits and government policy.”
Two more days of strike action have been scheduled for Thursday and Saturday. RMT Union announced that they would be meeting Network Rail and Train Operating Companies (TOCs) for talks on June 22nd.
On Tuesday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson referred to the rail strikes as “wrong and unnecessary.” Johnson further accused the unions of “harming the very people they claim to be helping.”

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