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Unions condemn measure as potentially against international law as 40,000 staff prepare for first day of industrial actionBoris Johnson has responded to the biggest rail strikes in a generation with plans to break the industrial action by allowing firms to bring in agency staff, a move unions have decried as unworkable, unsafe and potentially breaking international law.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2022

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  • Grant Shapps displays terminal delusion with rail strike enthusiasmTransport secretary's glib Commons performance had air of pantomime as he relished fight with unions. Anyone could have been forgiven for thinking that Grant Shapps was rather pleased the railway strikes were going ahead. Certainly it's a long time since the transport secretary was so animated. Probably the last time he was this chipper was as his alter ego, Michael Green, with the get-rich-quick scheme he promoted. Which never made anyone any money. Imagine. You'd have more luck with a Ponzi scheme.This was Shapps at his most glib. The overexcitement oozed out of every pore.
  • Britain runs into the buffers: what the papers say about the rail strikesCriticism of the government's failure to prevent the walkouts mix with PM's call for pay restraint, and business fears about economic damage
  • No hard feelings: the people's view of the rail strikesMost of our interviewees said they anticipated being adversely affected by the disruption, but their sympathies were broadly with the transport workersCommuters and travellers from across the country are bracing for three days of rail strikes this week, as more than 40,000 workers gear up for the largest stoppage on the rail network in more than 30 years.Four people tell how they will be affected by the disruption, and share their views on the looming strike action.
  • Boris Johnson plans to break rail strikes by allowing use of agency workersUnions condemn measure as potentially against international law as 40,000 staff prepare for first day of industrial actionBoris Johnson has responded to the biggest rail strikes in a generation with plans to break the industrial action by allowing firms to bring in agency staff, a move unions have decried as unworkable, unsafe and potentially breaking international law.

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