Sama da 40,000 na kungiyar ma'aikatan jiragen kasa da ruwa da sufuri na kasar Burtaniya (RMT) wadanda suka hada da masu gadi, ma'aikatan abinci, sigina da ma'aikatan kula da hanyoyin mota na shiga yajin aikin jirgin kasa mafi girma cikin shekaru 30 da suka gabata.
Ma’aikatan layin dogo na Burtaniya sun tashi daga aiki da karfe 12 na daren yau kuma za a ci gaba da zirga-zirga a ranakun Alhamis da Asabar na wannan makon.
Only about 20% of passenger trains were scheduled to run today in the UK, affecting millions of passengers.
The United Kingdom’s (UK) National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers is currently in a dispute with the rail operators over pay, pensions and job cuts.
“The British worker needs a pay rise,” RMT Secretary General Mick Lynch said. “They need job security, decent conditions and a square deal in general. If we can get that we won’t have to have the disruption in the British economy that we’ve got now, and which may develop across the summer.”
The last-ditch talks between unions and operators, that are set to cut jobs, pay and pensions as rail passenger numbers have not returned to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels, broke down on Monday, paving the way for labor action.
Andrew Haines, chief executive of UK operator Network Rail, said he was “profoundly sorry” to passengers for the disruption but blamed the RMT for not willing to compromise.
A separate strike also took place on the London Underground on Tuesday. There are warnings this could be just the start of a summer of strikes, with British teachers and nurses also threatening industrial action out of similar grievances.