Employees and employers blame mutually of the failure of the talks of the last days, while the government refuses to intervene in the dispute.
The strike by some 40,000 workers affiliated to the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) to demand a wage increase and better working conditions would affect 13 national train companies and Network Rail, the company in charge of operating all the sector’s infrastructure.
Although the strike would be intermittent (June 21, 23 and 25) and London Underground employees would only join the protest on the first of the three days, the effects of the biggest rail strike in the last three decades in the United Kingdom could last the whole week.
In statements to the press, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, of preventing an agreement from being reached and warned that the cost-of-living crisis could lead other unions to go on strike during the summer.
According to reports, health, education and postal workers would be among the unions calling on their members to vote on a proposal to go on strike to demand that wages be brought into line with inflation.