Uk News Senior Tory backbenchers attack Government's refusal to intervene to stop rail strikes United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - "A history of u-turns has made the RMT think that taking the country hostage will get the Government to back down. They might be right,” said one high-ranking Tory

Uk News Senior Tory backbenchers attack Government's refusal to intervene to stop rail strikes United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - "A history of u-turns has made the RMT think that taking the country hostage will get the Government to back down. They might be right,” said one high-ranking Tory

Uk News  Senior Tory backbenchers attack Government's refusal to intervene to stop rail strikes United Kingdom news
19 June 2022 - 17:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Senior Tory backbenchers have attacked the Government’s refusal to intervene in the rail strike talks and have urged ministers to help bring an end to the disputes.The Rail, Maritime and Transport workers’ union (RMT) has warned of continued industrial action well into the autumn unless their demands are met, raising the prospect of months of upheaval on the railways.Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has repeatedly insisted that the Government has no role to play in the negotiations over pay, jobs and conditions, claiming it is for employers to engage with the unions.It has prompted accusations from Labour that ministers want the strikes to go ahead, the biggest industrial action on the railways for 30 years, to scratch a political dividing line between the Government and Labour. Mr Shapps rejected the suggestion as “crazy”.But the minister’s stance has angered Tory MPs who believe the Government should be dragging both sides to the negotiating table to hammer out a solution.One high-ranking Tory told i: “Negotiations demand consistency and strength. This government has neither. A history of u-turns has made the RMT think that taking the country hostage will get the Government to back down. They might be right.”The comments were echoed by Jake Berry, chair of the influential Northern Research Group of Conservative backbenchers, who insisted that “the only way out of a dispute is by negotiation”.Mr Berry branded the rail strikes “cruel” as he urged all parties to “get around the table, because this is going to have a huge, negative impact on people’s lives”.

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. I don’t know if they still do that anymore. But sitting down and sorting this out.”The RMT has called for talks with the Government, but Mr Shapps dismissed the demand as a “stunt” yesterday, adding that the union was “determined to go on strike”.The bitter war of words comes after i revealed the rail companies are being hamstrung by ministers in their talks with the unions because they are not being given the power to discuss pay in the negotiations.Sources within the Train Operating Companies (TOCs) that run the part-nationalised services on behalf of the Department for Transport have revealed that talks are deadlocked because they are not being allowed to properly negotiate with the RMT.According to the Liberal Democrats, the issue of rail chaos over the coming week is being raised on the doorstep, particularly in southern commuter towns outside London, with passengers furious over the Government’s handling of the issue.Party sources said residents in commuter hotspots in the “Blue Wall” around London, such as Guildford, Esher, and Hitchen, as well as around Manchester including Stockport’s Hazel Grove, say ministers and union chiefs are “as bad as each other”.Lib Dem MP for St Albans Daisy Cooper said: “There is palpable anger amongst commuters because the Government made no effort to stop these strikes. People here pay thousands of pounds to get to work and at the very least expect the Transport Secretary to do his job by keeping the trains running. Grant Shapps has completely mis-read the mood of the commuter belt.”

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