Biggest rail strike in 30 years brings UK to standstill
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Biggest rail strike in 30 years brings UK to standstill

Biggest rail strike in 30 years brings UK to standstill

Britain’s biggest rail strike in 30 years kicked off on Tuesday as tens of thousands of staff walked out in a dispute over pay and jobs that could pave the way for widespread industrial action across the economy in the coming months.


Prime Minister Boris Johnson, under pressure to do more to help British households facing the toughest economic hit in decades, said the industrial action would harm businesses as they continue to recover from the pandemic.


The government says it is giving extra support to millions of the poorest households but says above-inflation pay rises would damage the fundamentals of the economy.


Transport minister Grant Shapps said the government would change the law as soon as possible to force train operators to deliver a minimum service on strike days, and allow other workers to temporarily replace those staff who have walked out.

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