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Industrial action: more strikes could impact Jubilee weekend and services in Scotland

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The RMT has had a fallout over management practices, leading to a potential strike that would affect two tube stations on Jubilee weekend: Euston and Green Park.

The strike, which General secretary Mick Lynch projects would “cause significant disruption to people wishing to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee”, is scheduled to take place from 00:01 hours to 23:59 hours on Friday 3 June 2022.

However it is not set in stone. Lynch has said that if the matter is resolved – which centres around one individual – then the action would not take place.

Further afield, drivers on ScotRail trains have refused to work overtime or rest days, and so the train operator has adjusted hours down so that it can have less last-minute cancellations.

Following this, RMT has announced workers are balloting to strike over what they describe as “pay freezes and real term cuts in living standards”.

All of this on the heels of a ballot RMT says will likely trigger the biggest UK rail strike this June, as well as action taken by cleaners at Churchill and ongoing conductors strikes on TransPennine services – the latter of which will lead up to and include the Jubilee weekend.

Many of these disputes (although not all) are about pay. Disputes, whether unionised or not, will likely continue in many workplaces if inflation continues to bite – and it currently is, with the highest rate in more than 40 years. As of April, inflation went up 9%, and with it the cost of gas and electricity.

Needless to say, on the other side of the dispute, rail operators are recovering after a devastating blow from COVID-19, which saw deals being cut with the UK Government to keep empty networks afloat, and an amount of uncertainty on the horizon as the existing franchise model is replaced with new agreements with Great British Railways. Meanwhile, the Scottish Government will doubtless be experiencing all the teething problems expected from taking a franchise back into public ownership.

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