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British unions postpone strikes due to Elizabeth II’s death

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British unions postpone strikes due to Elizabeth II’s death

London, Sep 9 (Prensa Latina) Railway workers and mail employees in the United Kingdom today postponed the strikes planned for the coming days, as a sign of respect for the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The postsmen and other employees of the Royal Mail had planned to resume the strike this Friday in demand of a wage increase in line with inflation, while the affiliates of the Railway, Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT) planned to protest again on September 15 and 17 for similar reasons.

The general secretary of the communications union, Dave Ward, reported, however, that ” because of the Queen’s service to the country, and to her family,” the union decided to cancel the strike called for this Friday.

RMT leader Mick Lynch also announced that its members would join the nationwide tribute to the monarch who died the day before at the age of 96.

Train drivers represented by the Aslef union said they were postponing a strike planned for next Thursday.

Labor protests demanding a living wage to enable workers to cope with inflation exceeding 10 percent and rising electricity rates have been a constant in the United Kingdom since last June.

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