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Cornwall news Disrupted railway passengers say they sympathise with striking workers UK news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - Strikes will cancel all trains in Cornwall for three days this week

Cornwall news  Disrupted railway passengers say they sympathise with striking workers UK news
20 June 2022 - 12:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Some of Cornwall’s rail passengers have expressed support for the strikes this week, the day before all trains in the county are due to be cancelled. The national strikes, organised by the Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport workers (RMT), on three days this week will lead to the cancellation of all trains in Cornwall, and many more upcountry. The strikes are the product of a breakdown in negotiations between the Government and the union, which says members have been subject to pay freezes, job threats and poor working conditions. The decision to strike came after plans by Network Rail to cut thousands of maintenance jobs and after years of no pay rises. Strikes are due to take place starting tomorrow (Tuesday, June 21), followed by Thursday (June 23) and Saturday (June 25). We approached a few rail passengers at Truro station to see what they thought. Read: Cornish rail worker on why he's striking Harrison Wallage and Isabel Vernon, from Reading, said their holiday to Falmouth is facing the threat of disruption this week due to the strikes. The pair, who had taken the branch line from Falmouth to Truro for a day trip, said their return journey in particular has them slightly worried. “We’ve got a nice long journey back,” Harrison said, “And we might notice it. It shouldn't be too bad though. While we’re here it could affect what we can do on holiday. “Seems like we’re coming on the right day today. I’d say it’s justified, people might get stuck, though, and you’d hope something is put in place to stop that - you don’t want to be unfair to drivers but don’t want to upset customers.” Isabel added that the journey back, on Friday, is in between strike days but could be caught up by extra business or trains being out of place from the previous day’s cancellation. Another rail passenger, who referred to himself as Mr Blant, said he uses the trains fairly regularly to go to the shops - but that the strikes won’t affect him directly a huge amount. He said: “I support it, absolutely. I think they’re perfectly right to take action. “They’ve suffered from low pay for some time.” Another pair of passengers, Rod and Veronica Hobbs from Bristol, said they were returning a day early from a visit to their son in Truro because of the strikes. “The train’s great for us to travel down,” Mrs Hobbs said,” Rather than face the M5, but we’re coming home a day early.” She added that she didn’t want to talk about politics, but that “life’s tough at the moment for people- it’s worrying.” Mr Hobbs added: “I suppose if the workers are genuinely struggling financially then, yeah. Obviously the rail bosses are doing alright.

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. But then I suppose in this life these things crop up sometimes I'm afraid.” Julie, a woman from Falmouth on her way to Birmingham, said she also had to change her plans because of the strikes - but that it doesn’t bother her as much. She said: “Yeah I’m a bit nervous, I was supposed to travel up tomorrow to see some friends but obviously couldn’t. “I prepped for it and went today. I do feel sympathy for them, it is a pain, and I get that to people who travel to work on the train. But also you know, they have to do something, don’t they, to make their point. “If this is the way they have to do it then so be it. It is about causing disruption. To show their point of view. I do get it, and I suppose I can say it because I don’t use them all that often. But I can see both sides.” Not everyone has been as sympathetic, however. One man who did not stop to elaborate said: “All I can say is what a pain in the a*** for everybody.” The strikes are not just for train drivers. Staff from all parts of the rail network including station attendants and ticket office staff are withdrawing their labour. A railway employee, who works on a platform in Cornwall, told CornwallLive over the weekend that he feels undervalued for what he says can be life-saving work. He said: “When I signed up for this job it was genuinely so I could do a worthwhile role where I helped people and I know I achieve that every day. What I didn't really think about was that it wouldn't just be helping that elderly guy with his suitcase or that couple with their bikes but it would also be that woman who is suffering from domestic abuse or that guy being harassed because he is gay. "I didn't realise it would be that teenager on the track who wants to commit suicide or that elderly woman who has Alzheimer's and doesn't know why she is at a train station. I didn't think I'd be helping the police to find runaway children and catch drug dealers. "I've been spat at, called every name under the sun, threatened with violence but I still have a smile on my face, maybe because I know I am earning the money to get my daughter through university or take that trip away with my wife, or maybe I'm smiling because I know I'm helping those people that deserve it.” Read More Related Articles Police remove tents from Newquay's Fistral Beach after litter and human poo found on sand dunes Read More Related Articles Police remove tents from Newquay's Fistral Beach after litter and human poo found on sand dunes

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