Millions of people have been affected by the strike across the UK on Saturday, which Britain’s railways are backing to demand better wages, a measure that will last almost until the end of the year.
Border Police are also today continuing the strike that began yesterday, affecting London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, as well as airports in Birmingham (central England), Manchester (north of England), Cardiff (Country of Wales) and Glasgow (Scotland). although the change was minimal as the authorities organized the deployment of volunteers and the military to avoid long queues at passport control.
This Christmas Eve is traditionally one of the busiest of the year, as millions of people flock across the country to spend Christmas with their families.
Passengers had to seek alternative modes of transportation, such as long-distance buses, to get around.
Although the railways will maintain levels of violence in the coming days, no trains, buses or metros will run this Sunday, as is tradition on Christmas Day, the only day of the year when there is no no means of transport except private taxis.
Network Rail offered the National Maritime, Rail and Transport Union (RMT), which represents railway staff, a 5% pay rise this year, but was turned down by workers demanding a 7% raise as inflation in the UK reaches 10% exceeds.
The border guards, members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), will maintain this strike until the following day, December 31, excluding December 27, after having refused an offer of a 2% salary increase, this that this union asked for a 10% raise.
Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union general secretary Mark Serwotka, which represents frontier workers, today predicted there would be a ‘major escalation’ in the public sector in January unless ministers start not negotiations.
The strike is deepening the crisis in what is already being dubbed the UK’s ‘discontent’ winter, with the wave of strikes across various sectors demanding pay rises to cover the cost of living.