Passengers are facing more travel carnage this morning as workers cripple the rail network with the largest industrial action in a decade.
The network across the UK is due to be brought to a standstill for the second time in a week as staff from the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) walk out in the second of three days of strikes.
Ahead of the strikes, officials were drawing up legislation that will repeal legal restrictions banning bosses from using agency staff to cover for striking workers.
A spokesman at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said it would “minimise the negative and unfair impact of strikes”, adding: “Strikes in public services such as education can often mean parents have to stay at home with their children rather than go to work, or rail sector strikes stopping commuters getting to work or to other businesses.”
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More misery to come as negotiations break down
Rail passengers are bracing for a fresh wave of strikes in two weeks, after talks to reach a deal with unions failed.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said the union would “continue with our industrial campaign until we get a negotiated settlement”.
Union sources said that the National Executive Committee meets “every day” and can announce further strike dates with just two weeks’ notice.
Network Rail is expecting a decision on new dates to be made soon after this round of strikes ends on Saturday.
They are bracing for a fresh wave of action as early as July 9, insiders told The Telegraph.
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People react on social media as strikes set to cause travel chaos
— Mike C. Jordan (@MikeCJordan2) June 23, 2022
I support the rail strikes but when I tell you how that’s doubled/tripled my journeys😭 I’m literally exhausted by the time I get home. But keep disrupting us all still because that gap between the working class and the fat cats cannot be allowed to widen. #RailStrikes
— TMC 🏁💙 (@Thenameis_Tati) June 23, 2022
Strikes explained: everything you need to know
Today’s strikes will bring the rail network to a standstill for the second time in a week.
Here’s everything you need to know about why the strikes are happening
Teachers could be next to strike
A teachers' strike would be "unforgivable" in the wake of Covid, the Education Secretary has said, as officials draw up plans for an army of supply teachers to keep schools open, Camilla Turner, Hayley Dixon and Ben Riley-Smith write.
Nadhim Zahawi said young people had already suffered "more disruption than any generation that’s gone before them" after the UK’s largest teaching union threatened to ballot for a strike.
On Thursday, the Government will reveal plans to change the law to allow businesses to use skilled agency workers to cover striking staff to minimise disruption.
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Thousands of commuters are facing rail chaos this morning as RMT staff walk out for the second time in a week
Rail passengers are bracing for a fresh wave of strikes in two weeks, after talks to reach a deal with unions failed
A teachers' strike would be "unforgivable" in the wake of Covid, the Education Secretary has said, as officials draw up plans for an army of supply teachers to keep schools open
On Thursday, the Government will reveal plans to change the law to allow businesses to use skilled agency workers to cover striking staff
Boris Johnson on Wednesday faced fresh scrutiny and Tory criticism of his economic approach to inflation, which underpins negotiations on rail worker pay
In a further threat to the holiday getaway, the Aslef union revealed it has balloted train drivers for action over pay at 11 major train companies across the country
On Wednesday Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT, laid blame for “wrecked” negotiations on Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, claiming that he was making it impossible for a settlement to be reached