Daily uk news Millions of commuters brace for travel chaos again TODAY with just 20% of trains running and rush hour traffic building as RMT workers stage SECOND strike of the week - as passengers are told to prepare for more walkouts in two weeks after

PremierLeague-News.Com - Rail chiefs have accused Mick Lynch's militant RMT of holding Britain to 'ransom' after talks between the hardline union and Network Rail collapsed in acrimony yesterday.

Daily uk news Millions of commuters brace for travel chaos again TODAY with just 20% of trains running and rush hour traffic building as RMT workers stage SECOND strike of the week - as passengers are told to prepare for more walkouts in two weeks after

PremierLeague-News.Com - Rail chiefs have accused Mick Lynch's militant RMT of holding Britain to 'ransom' after talks between the hardline union and Network Rail collapsed in acrimony yesterday.

Daily uk news  Millions of commuters brace for travel chaos again TODAY with just 20% of trains running and rush hour traffic building as RMT workers stage SECOND strike of the week - as passengers are told to prepare for more walkouts in two weeks after
23 June 2022 - 08:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Millions of commuters are facing a third day of travel across Britain today, with just 20% of trains running and rush hour traffic building as Mick Lynch tries to bring the country to its knees.Rail chiefs have accused union barons of holding the country to 'ransom' after talks between the militant RMT union and Network Rail collapsed yesterday. Britons are now being warned to brace for potential strikes in two weeks after socialist firebrand Lynch threatened to 'continue with our industrial campaign until we get a negotiated settlement'. The RMT's National Executive Committee can announce further strike dates with just two weeks' notice. Network Rail is expecting a decision on new strike dates to be made as early as next week. Whitehall and railway officials fear the next wave could begin on July 9 in a blow to summer holidaymakers.Rail lines will only be open between 7.30am and 6.30pm today, with trains mostly restricted to main lines, with around half of the network closed. Northern Rail says it will only operate 10% of services and some places will again have no trains at all. Londoners will be able to get around the capital via Tube and Overground today, though there is likely to be disruption. Today's mass walkout condemns millions of workers, patients and students to misery, undermines Boris Johnson's WFH drive and inflicts another devastating blow to the UK's wobbly economy - with experts warning that the strike action could clobber the beleaguered hospitality sector by £500million this week alone. Commuters will now have to choose whether to battle into the office by bus, car or bike, or WFH again as Lynch's actions drive people out of town and city centres, effectively plunging the UK into 'another lockdown'. Industry bosses fear that the strikes could inflict a final fatal blow on thousands of hospitality businesses already crippled by two years of Covid restrictions.And in a sign that today's strikes are forcing more people to WFH, traffic congestion on London's roads was lower during rush hour this morning compared to yesterday and Tuesday, according to data from traffic analyst TomTom. The figure between 7am and 8am today was 61% - down from 71% at the same time yesterday and 73% on Tuesday. There were 1,930 traffic jams in London, covering a total length of 830 miles. However, it was still significantly up on 48% on Monday, the day before the industrial action began. And it was also an increase on the 52% recorded in that time slot on Tuesday last week . Ministers fear Britain could face a summer of strikes as unions flex their muscles in pursuit of inflation-busting pay rises.The National Education Union yesterday warned that schools could be next in line for strike action unless ministers stump up 'inflation-plus pay increases for all teachers'. Unions representing doctors, nurses, civil servants and postal workers are also threatening industrial action over pay. Some have even demanded settlements 5% above inflation - which yesterday hit 9.1%. It comes as ministers plot to rush forward new laws today which end the ban on using agency workers to break strikes, which has been in place for almost 50 years.Labour vowed to oppose the move last night, with deputy leader Angela Rayner describing it as a 'recipe for disaster'.However, Keir Starmer's authority is 'on the line' after a string of Labour frontbenchers ignored the party whips and went on picket lines on Tuesday. And this morning, Mick Whitley, the MP for Birkenhead, joined RMT members outside Liverpool Lime Street station as he blamed the Government for the strikes. Yesterday Boris Johnson slammed Sir Keir for refusing to condemn activists staging the biggest strike for 30 years. Frances O'Grady, head of the TUC, also slammed the anti-strike laws as 'unworkable'. She said: 'Bringing in less qualified agency staff to deliver important services will endanger public safety, worsen disputes and poison industrial relations.'  more videos 1 2 3 Watch video Couple seen being kicked off Air Canada flight Watch video Passengers are escorted off Air Canada flight 'with no reason' Watch video Nick Faldo enjoys the weather in Montana as he starts a new life Watch video Police release footage of arrest of human trafficker Tancos Watch video Shocking moment man is savagely attacked near Victoria station Watch video NYPD officers rescue woman who collapsed onto subway tracks Watch video Mortally wounded brown bear slays hunter in revenge attack Watch video Jailed YouTuber filmed himself driving recklessly through traffic Watch video Passenger plane slides off runway and catches fire at Miami Airport Watch video Orangutan smokes cigarette in front of visitors to a zoo in Saigon. Watch video Parker, abandoned Shih Tzu dog, recovers in a Florida animal rescue Watch video Rubble and debris after Afghanistan hit with fatal earthquake DM.later('bundle', function(){ DM.molFeCarousel.init('#p-17', 'channelCarousel', { "activeClass" : "wocc", "pageCount" : "3.0", "pageSize" : 1, "onPos": 0, "updateStyleOnHover": true }); }); WATERLOO: Commuters brave the travel chaos at Waterloo station in London this morning WESTMINSTER: Commuters cycle through Parliament Square in Westminster on their way to work today SALFORD: A six-mile traffic jam builds along the A580 near Salford this morning KINGS CROSS: Kings Cross Station was deserted this morning as millions of commuters face a third day of chaos GREENWICH: Traffic queues on the A102M Blackwall Tunnel approach in Greenwich this morning LIVERPOOL STREET: Empty platforms were pictured at a deserted Liverpool Street Station in the capital today MARBLE ARCH: Commuters queue for a bus near Marble Arch in London this morning RMT general secretary Mick Lynch outside Euston station in London today as he appears on ITV's Good Morning Britain NEWCASTLE: RMT members outside Newcastle station as train services are disrupted by the national strikes today MANCHESTER: RMT workers outside Manchester train station with speakerphones and pickets on the table today RMT members go on strike in Bristol, Leeds and Nottingham this morning as Mick Lynch brings the UK to a standstill PERIVALE: Heavy traffic queues on the A40 at Perivale in West London today as commuters battle to get into work  PETERBOROUGH: Trains waiting in sidings near Peterborough station on the second day of the nationwide rail strike today CITY OF LONDON: Moorgate in the City of London is quiet as town and city centres are deserted by Mick Lynch's strikes  BIRMINGHAM: The streets of Birmingham city centre were quiet this morning as RMT workers go on strike  more videos 1 2 3 Watch video Couple seen being kicked off Air Canada flight Watch video Passengers are escorted off Air Canada flight 'with no reason' Watch video Nick Faldo enjoys the weather in Montana as he starts a new life Watch video Police release footage of arrest of human trafficker Tancos Watch video Shocking moment man is savagely attacked near Victoria station Watch video NYPD officers rescue woman who collapsed onto subway tracks Watch video Mortally wounded brown bear slays hunter in revenge attack Watch video Jailed YouTuber filmed himself driving recklessly through traffic Watch video Passenger plane slides off runway and catches fire at Miami Airport Watch video Orangutan smokes cigarette in front of visitors to a zoo in Saigon. Watch video Parker, abandoned Shih Tzu dog, recovers in a Florida animal rescue Watch video Rubble and debris after Afghanistan hit with fatal earthquake DM.later('bundle', function(){ DM.molFeCarousel.init('#p-52', 'channelCarousel', { "activeClass" : "wocc", "pageCount" : "3.0", "pageSize" : 1, "onPos": 0, "updateStyleOnHover": true }); }); AVANTI WEST COAST: The operator plans to run one train per hour on strike days from London Euston to each of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Preston, with a limited service onwards to Glasgow. The last trains will leave Euston mid-afternoon. There will be no Avanti West Coast services to North Wales, Shrewsbury, Blackpool and Edinburgh on strike days c2c: The operator providing services for Essex will run two trains per hour from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Laindon; two trains per hour from Fenchurch Street to Pitsea via Rainham; and no trains via Ockendon or Chafford Hundred CHILTERN RAILWAYS: The service will be extremely limited on the strike days, with the following pattern expected CROSSCOUNTRY: The network will be running a 'significantly reduced service' on the strike days next week as shown above EAST MIDLANDS RAILWAY: The operator will run one train per hour between Nottingham and London, Sheffield and London, Corby and London, Derby and Matlock, Derby and Nottingham, Leicester and Nottingham and Nottingham and Sheffield RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Train strike news LIVE: TfL Tube updates on day three of... Teachers striking would be 'unforgivable' in the wake of... The unions won't stop us! Glastonbury revellers defy rail... And you thought TODAY was bad! Millions face another battle... Share this article Share Mick Lynch's second strike 'lockdown': How Britain's trains will be hit by mass walkouts TRAINSRMT action is affecting several operators today and Saturday. The operators running a limited service today are: Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Eurostar, Grand Central, Great Northern, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, Heathrow Express, Hull Trains, LNER, London Northwestern Railway, Lumo, Northern, ScotRail, South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Stansted Express, Thameslink, TransPennine Express, Transport for Greater Manchester, Transport for Wales, West Midlands Railway.There is also a strike by Croydon Tramlink on June 28 and June 29, and on July 13 and July 14). An Aslef strike on Hull Trains on Sunday (June 26) has been called off. adverts.addToArray({"pos":"mpu_factbox"})Advertisement At Liverpool Lime Street station there were a handful of passengers waiting for trains this morning.Just four trains were scheduled to depart from the usually busy terminal between 8.30am and 10am, two to London Euston and two to Alderley Edge in Cheshire, via Manchester.Labour MP for Birkenhead Mick Whitley joined RMT members on a picket line outside Liverpool Lime Street station.He said: 'I think every Labour MP should come out. Let's have it right, the Labour Party was born out of the trade union movement and they are our political voice in Parliament so every Labour MP should be out.'He said a pay deal reached with Merseyrail reinforced the argument that the Government was 'manufacturing the dispute'. 'We don't want to mess up people's travel arrangements but if you're pushed into a corner you have got to do something,' he added.

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.He said: 'Although we're being told we are on our own and people don't support our actions, people do understand exactly what this is all about because every one else is suffering just as much as we are.'I stood here for eight hours on Tuesday and had nothing but support and praise from people.'Mr Pilling said he believed the dispute could be resolved if the union was allowed to speak to managers without Government involvement.He added: 'I genuinely hope this is the last time we'll be stood outside Liverpool Lime Street for a long time. I want to be going about my normal business.'But, we will not meekly stand by and allow our members to be treated in such an abominable manner.'RMT negotiators last night stormed out of talks to avert today's strikes after Network Rail wrote a letter saying it was going ahead with 1,800 staff cuts.The union, which is striking over jobs and pay, said it would not get back around the table unless the letter was withdrawn, sparking a furious stand-off. It means another 24-hour walkout on the railways will go ahead today, with another on Saturday looking almost certain. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch took aim at the Transport Secretary, saying: 'Grant Shapps has wrecked these negotiations by not allowing Network Rail to withdraw their letter threatening redundancy for... our members.'Until the Government unshackles Network Rail and the train operating companies, it is not going to be possible for a negotiated settlement to be agreed.'Mr Shapps branded Lynch a liar and called on the union to 'stop wasting time' and get back to the negotiating table. BIRMINGHAM: Commuters clamber onto buses in Birmingham today as strikes paralyse the UK  STRATFORD: Empty platforms at Stratford station this morning as train services are disrupted by the national strikes BARNHAM: Signs at the closed Barnham train station in West Sussex this morning NEWCASTLE: A deserted Newcastle station this morning as Mick Lynch's RMT goes on strike EUSTON: A single passenger looks at the departures board at Euston station in London this morning GREENWICH: Traffic queues on the A102M Blackwall Tunnel approach as commuters battle to get into work today PERIVALE: As the second day of rail strikes gets underway, heavy traffic is pictured on all three lanes on the A40 NEWCASTLE: Empty platforms at Newcastle station this morning as RMT workers across Britain go on strike PETERBOROUGH: Freight trains beside the East Coast main lines in Peterborough today GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY: On strike days, a limited service will operate between 7.30am and 6.30pm on the green routes GREATER ANGLIA: The normal route map for Greater Anglia is pictured. The network will be running a much-reduced service HULL TRAINS: The operator will only be running between Doncaster and London King's Cross on the three strike days LNER: The operator says it will be running only 38 per cent of its usual trains, with the last from London to Edinburgh at 2pm LONDON NORTHWESTERN RAILWAY: The strike will have a significant impact on travel. Normal services are shown above NORTHERN RAIL: Only a fraction of the Northern Rail network will run on strike days. The full normal route map is pictured SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY: There will be no trains beyond Southampton to Weymouth; or beyond Basingstoke to Exeter LONDON -- This Transport for London map shows greyed-out lines for those that will be affected by disruption on Tuesday all day, and Wednesday morning. 'Severe disruption or no service' is expected on all Tube lines from the start of Tuesday until at least 8am on Wednesday. Only the Croydon Tramlink and Docklands Light Railway are shown as running normally SOUTHEASTERN - Limited services set to run between London, Kent and East Sussex next week on June 21, 23 and 25 WEST MIDLANDS RAILWAY: The operator says the strike will have 'considerable impact'. Its normal route map is shown above TRANSPORT FOR WALES: Almost the entire Transport for Wales network (shown above) will be closed during the strike days SCOTRAIL: This map shows the normal network run by ScotRail. Only five lines will be able to run on strike days GREAT NORTHERN, GATWICK EXPRESS, SOUTHERN AND THAMESLINK: This map from Govia Thameslink Railway shows the trains expected to operate on its network during strike action next week on June 21, 23 and 25 - a fraction of normal services  Class war! Now teachers threaten chaos for pupils over pay demands Teachers yesterday threatened to ballot for nationwide strikes unless they get an 'inflation-plus' pay rise this year.The Left-wing National Education Union declared it will mobilise its 450,000 members in the autumn.But Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said last night: 'We have proposed the highest pay awards in a generation for new teachers – 16.7 per cent over the next two years – alongside further pay awards for more experienced teachers.'Young people have suffered more disruption to their education than any generation that's gone before, and it's the vital work of teachers that is helping them get back on track.'The threatened action could force some schools to close or keep year-groups at home, causing chaos for working parents who will have to find childcare. Struggling pupils are still catching up on work they missed during the months of lockdown.The Education Secretary said such a move would be 'irresponsible' in the wake of the upheaval to children's learning caused by the pandemic.He wrote in The Daily Telegraph: 'Young people have suffered more disruption than any generation that's gone before them and to compound that now, as recovery is in full swing and families are thinking about their next big step following school or college, would be unforgivable.'It is understood the NEU will be lobbying for a pay rise of up to 12 per cent for all teachers. The union rejects a suggested 3 per cent rise.Last night, critics said pupils' education had already suffered too much in the pandemic. Molly Kingsley of parent group UsForThem said: 'It's time for bickering adults to get a grip and focus on the pupils who have already lost so much school time over the last two years.'adverts.addToArray({"pos":"mpu_factbox"})Advertisement The row came as it emerged the RMT was informally offered a rise of more than 3 per cent in return for modernised work practices.Rail chiefs have accused union barons of holding the country to ransom over 'archaic' methods which see up to nine engineers sent just to 'change a plug socket'.Commuters faced more misery yesterday as union tactics meant only 60 per cent of services were able to run because of the knock-on from Tuesday's strikes.Huge crowds built up outside Tube and rail stations, with some opening as late as 8.30am during rush hour. Network Rail signallers and control room staff who would usually have worked overnight to make sure trains left on time yesterday missed their shifts after taking part in Tuesday's strike.Secondary legislation to scrap the ban on agency workers will be introduced today and is expected to take effect next month. Government sources acknowledge that some skilled roles, such as railway signallers, will be impossible to replace.But they believe other vital roles, such as train dispatchers, could be carried out by agency staff. Like Tuesday's walkout, under a fifth of trains will run today and only for 11 hours. Up to 50% of services will run on key inter-city routes.Meanwhile, members of the drivers' union Aslef on Greater Anglia will strike on Thursday in a separate dispute over pay.The company, which is also affected by the RMT strike, advised passengers to travel only if it was necessary.The Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) announced that its members at Merseyrail had accepted a 7.1% pay offer.General secretary Manuel Cortes said: 'What this clearly shows is our union, and sister unions, are in no way a block on finding the solutions needed to avoid a summer of discontent on the railways.'Rather, it is the Government who are intent on digging in their heels. Grant Shapps would be wise to start talking seriously to our union as we ballot for industrial action on our railways up and down the land.'A Rail Delivery Group spokesperson: 'With passenger numbers still at only 80% of pre-pandemic levels the industry remains committed to giving a fair deal on pay while taking no more than its fair share from taxpayers.'We can only achieve that by making improvements - like offering better services on a Sunday - that reflect the changing needs of passengers so we can attract more back.'We call on the RMT leadership to continue to talk so that we can secure a thriving long-term future for the railway and its workforce.'Our advice to passengers remains the same, only travel by rail if absolutely necessary, check before you travel and make sure you know the time of your first and last trains.'A Network Rail spokesperson said: 'We are disappointed that the RMT have again chosen to walk away from negotiations without agreeing a deal. We remain available for talks - day or night - and will do everything we can to avoid further disruption for our passengers.'As a result of this needless and premature strike, rail services will look much like they did on Tuesday - starting later in the morning and finishing much earlier in the evening (around 6.30pm).'We are asking passengers to please check before you travel, be conscious of when your last available train is departing, and only travel by train if necessary.' Read more: Railways grind to miserable halt again amid fears of more crippling strikes in just two weeks | The Sun DM.later('bundle', function(){ DM.has('external-source-links', 'externalLinkTracker'); });

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