The workers, who argue that their wages are insufficient, continue to strike across the country, in the face of the record-breaking inflation rate and rising cost of living in the UK. While many workers from various workers, such as railway personnel, post office workers, bus drivers, cleaning workers, airline workers, protested working conditions in July and August, TSSA and ASLEF unions announced that railway workers would carry out new strikes in September.
TSSA and ASLEF unions said workers from at least 12 railway companies operating in the UK will protest low prices, layoffs and poor working conditions. Earlier this week, the TSSA union announced that workers from 9 train companies will join a 24-hour strike from noon on September 26. Today, the ASLEF union stated that the employees of 12 railway companies will go on strike on September 15.
ASLEF stated that the workers of Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railway, CrossCountry, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Netherlands Trains, LNER, London Overground, Northern Trains, Southeastern, TransPennine Express and West Midlands Trains will participate in the strike to be held on September 15.
ASLEF Union General Secretary Mick Whelan stated that the personnel did not want to go on strike, but the train companies directed the personnel to it. Whelean said, “We regret that passengers will once again be inconvenienced. But the train companies have pushed our hand. They want a real-time share cut from train drivers. To help companies that make huge profits and pay their top executives massive salaries and bonuses keep up with the rise in the cost of living of our members. We want them to make a payment offer that fits their name,” he said in the form.
By the beginning of the summer, the strike by the National Union of Railway, Maritime and Transport Personnel (RMT) had become the largest British rail movement in 30 years. As a result of the large-scale strikes of the railway employees on 30 July and 13 August, disruptions and cancellations occurred in train services across the country. Several Railroad companies continued to strike mid-range in July and August.
On the other hand, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the highest inflation level of the last 40 years was recorded in the UK since 1982, with the inflation rate rising to 10.1 percent in July.