Commuters were given a ‘taste of things to come’ under Jeremy Corbyn yesterday as union militants began the longest strike in Britain’s rail history.
On a day of mayhem, hundreds of thousands of passengers endured ‘horrendous’ delays on South Western Railway (SWR) due to action by the Labour-backed Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT).
With 900 train guards on strike, SWR had to cancel 850 trains across swathes of London and the South –wrecking the travel plans of an estimated 600,000 passengers.
Commuters are pictured waiting for trains at Bracknell railway station. As commuters battled to get to work, politicians and union chiefs blamed each other for the chaos
Workers will strike for 27 days this month, costing businesses in the capital up to £400million in total.
It comes as part of the RMT’s long-running dispute over the role of guards on driver-only trains.
Last night, the Tories warned the strike was a ‘taste of things to come’ should Mr Corbyn end up in No 10 after next week’s general election.
The RMT, which has donated £130,700 to the Labour party since 2016, has helped to bankroll Mr Corbyn’s leadership bid.
Meanwhile, Labour is pushing plans to make it easier for trade unions to take industrial action with a rollback of anti-strike laws.
London's Waterloo Station is pictured above during the strike. With 900 train guards on strike, SWR had to cancel 850 trains across swathes of London and the South
The party has already promised to fulfil the RMT’s demands by scrapping driver-only trains and putting a guard on every service in the country.
As commuters braced for another day of chaos today, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the Daily Mail: ‘As a frustrated rail commuter myself, I want more trains to run on time. December’s strikes are just a taste of things to come if Labour win power on the 12th.’
He added: ‘This is about politics pure and simple. The RMT leadership, who donate to Mr Corbyn, are trying to interfere with the election and are holding passengers to ransom who are just trying to get to