Rail strikes: Exhausted travelers sleep on metal chairs with stranded walkouts – and it’s just the beginning


EXHAUSTED travelers have industrial action to the rails on the left stranded amid chaos after falling asleep on metal chairs.

The three-day train strike this week has paralyzed the country and cut off entire regions, including most of the South West.

Weary travelers are looking for sleep on metal benches in London after Euston was caught up in strike misery today

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Weary travelers are looking for sleep on metal benches in London after Euston was caught up in strike misery todayCredit: Mike Ruane / Story Picture Agency
Would-be passengers sprawled out at the station as they waited for services

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Would-be passengers sprawled out at the station as they waited for servicesCredit: Mike Ruane / Story Picture Agency
In Manchester, many people are trying to get to Glastonbury awaited replacement bus services this morning

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In Manchester, many people are trying to get to Glastonbury awaited replacement bus services this morningCredit: Cavendish

This morning, desperate passengers were seen resting tired eyes at London Euston as they wearily awaited their train.

In the meantime, many Manchester pavements have been sprawled out on railroad buses as they wait for the Glastonbury Festival to take them to Somerset.

But the misery may only be the beginning of a “summer of discontent” in Britain.

There are fears militants who are already drawing up plans for a crippling second wave of strikes in just two weeks.

Talks between the hardline RMT and Network Rail avert today’s walkout collapsed in acrimony last night.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps branded union boss Mick Lynch a liar – while the RMT leader said Mr Shapps was responsible for “wrecking” the negotiations.

Now it’s feared that once this week’s first wave of strikes is over, commuters will only get a fortnight’s respite before the RMT strikes again.

Mad Mick threatened to come to more misery, saying the union would “continue with our industrial campaign until we get a negotiated settlement”.

Network Rail is expecting a decision on new strike dates as early as next week. Whitehall and railway authorities fear the next wave could begin on July 9.

And the plague is spreading, with tram workers set to vote in action during the Edinburgh Festival, walk-outs across Ryanair and easyJet services, and teachers threatening to strike too.

The National Education Union said yesterday that it wants 12 per cent of its members for September.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi warned teachers risk wrecking kids’ recovery from the Covid pandemic if they strike their vote.

Members of the Drivers’ Union Aslef on Greater Anglia are striking today in a separate dispute over pay.

And many of the bus drivers are on strike to pay for their disposal.

Members of the Unite union – employed by Stagecoach in Merseyside – will walk out June 30 and again on July 4.

Bus routes on picket lines for students to hit back.

It comes as:

Youngsters are already facing hardship as they get into their GCSE and A-Level exams.

Jessica Pinkett, Head of Youth Insights at Student Beans, said: “With two days of industrial action, and the rest of the week plagued with delays and cancellations, there are some students who may be concerned about A-Level and GCSE exams if cancellations and delays. on their journey. ”

Train stations are deserted today as most of the network shuts down. Just one in five trains will run today, and the lines will only be open between 7.30am and 6.30pm.

Already this week, the TSSA union has settled on a 7.1 per cent pay rise with Merseyrail and the RMT is eyeing a return to a similar package, signing up to modernization.

But public sector workers want to receive more than they need.

In a bid to ease the chaos, ministers will come up with long-promised plans for agency workers.

The PM’s plan would be to help Thwart strikes instead of being trained by others.

However, Neil Carberry, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, has warned the plans won’t work.

He said agency workers have not been consolidated, adding: “This is not something the agencies want, and the government claims.”

Waterloo, one of London's busiest stations, was virtually deserted this morning

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Waterloo, one of London’s busiest stations, was virtually deserted this morningCredit: PA
Just one in five trains will run the walk-outs

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Just one in five trains will run the walk-outsCredit: Tom Bowles / Story Picture Agency
Glastonbury are also facing problems, with half of services axed

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Glastonbury are also facing problems, with half of services axedCredit: SWNS
But it's believed that Mick Lynch's union could walk out again and demand just a fortnight

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But it’s believed that Mick Lynch’s union could walk out again and demand just a fortnightCredit: Getty



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