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British trade unionist blames government for transport strikes

British trade unionist blames government for transport strikes

London, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), Mick Lynch, today blamed the British Conservative government for new strikes that rail workers will stage in December and January.

According to the labor leader, officials of the Ministry of Transport are preventing the companies operating the train service from making a better offer to the employees of the sector, who are demanding a wage increase in line with inflation, job security and better working conditions.

In statements to Sky News television on Wednesday, Lynch described the proposals made so far by Network Rail as unacceptable, and affirmed that Avanti West Coast and Great Western, two other operators, have not even made one in the last six months.

According to the unionist, the blame for the impasse in the negotiations falls on the top representatives of the Ministry of Transport.

The RMT announced yesterday that in the days leading up to Christmas, and in early January, they will paralyze train service with four strikes of 48 hours each.

Those strikes, Lynch said, will be a clear message that we want a good deal on job security, wages and working conditions.


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