Several organizations are mobilized across the country to demand wage increases and public investment.
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The unions press pause. Reacting to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, organizations representing railway workers but also employees of the British postal services announced on Friday 9 September the temporary lifting of strikes scheduled for the next few days, in an explosive economic and social environment in the United Kingdom. .
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“We send our deepest condolences to his family, his friends and the country as a whole”.said Mick Lynch, who is the head of the union Rail, maritime and transport (RMT). “Out of respect, the actions scheduled for September 15 and 17 are canceled”.
Another rail union, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) has chosen to postpone its mobilization days scheduled for the entire month of September. As for post office employees, the major strike scheduled by the Communications Employees Union (CWU) for Friday 9 September was canceled.
At the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, TSSA expresses its deepest condolences to her family, friends, the country and the people affected by her disappearance.
TSSA is canceling the union action scheduled for September and will respect the public mourning period. pic.twitter.com/dgHdv494Im
– TSSA (@TSSAunion) September 8, 2022
Since June, the UK has experienced a succession of strikes affecting the national rail network, the London Underground and even the port of Felixstowe, the largest in England, at the end of August. It concerns the biggest hit in decades in the face of inflation, which hit 10.1% yoy in July and could exceed 13% in October, the highest level in a G7 country. City movements such as Enough is Enough or the Don’t Pay campaign (which encourages the British to stop paying their energy bills) have joined the national protest and continue to call for demonstrations since 1 October.