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  • Johnson and Shapps pretend they can't end the rail strikes. That's nonsense | Ed DaveyThe PM and his transport secretary pose as bystanders while millions of Britons suffer. They could intervene. But they have no will and no plan. Ed Davey is the leader of the Liberal DemocratsThis week has left the country drained after government ministers reverted to divisive political playbooks last seen in the 1970s and early 1980s.
  • Keir Starmer‚Äôs stance on rail strikes raises questions over strategyAnalysis: Critics fear Labour leader‚Äôs tactics are largely about drawing dividing lines within his own partyIn a gritty promotional video for his 2020 Labour leadership bid, Keir Starmer called himself a ‚Äúproud trade unionist‚ÄĚ who had worked with unions ‚Äúall my life‚ÄĚ, including as a legal observer on the picket line in Wapping when Rupert Murdoch took on the print unions.As RMT members prepared to walk out on the first of three days of industrial action this week, however, Starmer made clear not only that he would not be observing this particular industrial dispute at close quarters - but he e...
  • Five rail workers on the strike: ‚ÄėThere is no justification for us to get poorer every year‚ÄôPeople employed on Britain‚Äôs railways give their views on the industrial action over pay and conditionsTens of thousands of rail workers have joined Britain‚Äôs biggest nationwide rail strike in 30 years. Disruption is expected for the rest of the week after 40,000 members of the RMT union voted to strike over pay and conditions. Here, five rail workers share their views on the decision to take industrial action. Continue reading...
  • Rail strikes: city centres quieter as people heed advice to avoid travelRMT praises ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô turnout at picket lines but government plays down impact of actionThe first day of the biggest rail strikes in decades gave much of Great Britain a reminder of lockdown, with city centres quieter as millions avoided public transport, worked from home or took to their cars.About 80% of services were axed during the 24-hour strike by 40,000 members of the RMT union, leaving much of northern England, Wales and Scotland without any trains. Of the few trains that ran and stations that remained open, most were quiet as passengers heeded advice to avoid travel. Continue readin...

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  • ĎAll I want is a bus serviceí: Weary Tiverton and Honiton voters go the polls‚ÄúIt‚Äôs become a national referendum that‚Äôs been foisted on Tiverton,‚ÄĚ says coffee shop patron Benjamin Barton. ‚ÄúAll I want is a bus service, I would be really easily swayed if somebody said Ďwe‚Äôll put in a better bus serviceí.‚ÄĚ And so goes the groan of discontent in the Devon town of Tiverton, which is daily [...] The post ĎAll I want is a bus serviceí: Weary Tiverton and Honiton voters go the polls appeared first on CityAM.
  • Transport for London‚Äôs haphazard funding model must now be made fit for the futureSINCE the pandemic wiped out much of Transport for London‚Äôs fares income, London‚Äôs transport network has faced an existential crisis. The Elizabeth Line‚Äôs opening was a rare upbeat moment in a miserable couple of years of uncertainty for the city. The post Transport for London‚Äôs haphazard funding model must now be made fit for the future appeared first on CityAM.
  • Welcome aboard, this is a driverless train: unions begin their own demiseAs the summer sun makes the UK feel like a Mediterranean resort, we are also about to see the perils of the labour problems that Southern Europe was so often bedeviled by. Trains have ground to a halt, the London Underground has stopped, and buses are stuck in their depots. Millions of pounds will be [...] The post Welcome aboard, this is a driverless train: unions begin their own demise appeared first on CityAM.

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