UK Braces for Wednesday’s Rail Worker Strike

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) said they would push through with the strike on Wednesday as talks failed to address disputes over pay and working conditions.

About 40,000 rail workers and 14 train operators will join the strike to protest a pay rise amid inflation.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said Tuesday that train companies had not made any pay offer but expressed their demands like closing all ticket offices in Great Britain.

“The train operator also wished to dilute your pension, make the benefits worse, and make you pay more while you’re in employment,” Lynch said.

More than 10,000 have signed the petition opposing the closure of almost one thousand ticket offices. RMT said closing ticket offices would cut jobs and worsen passenger experience, security, and accessibility.

A day before the strike, passengers traveling to and from London experienced delays as trains were canceled because of damage to overhead electric wires.

London North Eastern Railway advised the public to check train schedules and reserve seats amid the strike.

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