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New UK train strike amid purchasing power crisis

New UK train strike amid purchasing power crisis

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Some 40,000 British railway workers are on strike over wages and jobs on Wednesday, a month after their biggest strike in 30 years amid the UK's purchasing power crisis. 

Failing to have won its case after three days of historic strike at the end of June, the rail union RMT called for a 24-hour walkout, hoping in particular to obtain better wages in the face of inflation which is soaring in the country and could exceed 11% by the end of the year.

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Because of the strike, only about one in five trains will run on Wednesday, over about half of the network, and some areas will see no trains running all day.

The strike has also affected the running of Eurostar trains, causing cancellations and schedule changes.

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In addition to this action, the RMT and TSA unions will launch coordinated strikes on August 18 and 20 and RMT has announced a London Underground strike on August 19.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said that his union members were more determined than ever to achieve higher wages, job security and good working conditions. 

He claimed that the public manager of the Network Rail had made “no improvement on its previous wage offer”.

Transport Minister Grant Shapps attacked the unions, accusing them of stepping up strikes and threats of strikes to the detriment of thousands of users.  

“We need to do more to stop these very militant far-left unions from disrupting the daily lives of ordinary people,” the minister said on SkyNews on Wednesday.

The strike risks in particular complicating the movement of supporters s keen to attend the semi-final of the Women's Euro, Germany and France face each other on Wednesday evening at the stadium MK in north-west London.

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