Friday 24 June 2022 11:03 PM Rail strikes DON'T bring the modern world to a halt trends now

Friday 24 June 2022 11:03 PM Rail strikes DON'T bring the modern world to a halt trends now
Friday 24 June 2022 11:03 PM Rail strikes DON'T bring the modern world to a halt trends now

Friday 24 June 2022 11:03 PM Rail strikes DON'T bring the modern world to a halt trends now

Rail strikes DON'T bring the modern world to a halt: Tactic is less 'effective' as many staff can simply WFH, says Transport Secretary Grant Shapps as he taunts unions More than 90 per cent of London office workers stayed home on first strike day  A bumper weekend of gigs and sport could cause chaos in the capital today The Rolling Stones are at Hyde Park and Ed Sheeran is performing at Wembley

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Rail strikes have become less effective because so many commuters can now work from home, Grant Shapps said last night.

The Transport Secretary said the RMT union, which is holding its third strike today, was not achieving the impact it had hoped for.

But he warned that the industrial action was still hurting small businesses, with some pubs losing half their takings.

Mr Shapps added: ‘While their action is hitting some people at the worst possible time, this week has also shown that overall rail strikes are not as effective a tool for the unions as they once were.

The Transport Secretary said the RMT union, which is holding its third strike today, was not achieving the impact it had hoped for

The Transport Secretary said the RMT union, which is holding its third strike today, was not achieving the impact it had hoped for

‘Despite what the RMT may claim, we have not seen the level of overcrowding on buses or heavy congestion on roads some feared because the world has changed and many more people can now work from home.

‘We also haven’t seen freight impacted in the way they may have hoped – with 68 per cent more services running than had been anticipated for yesterday.’

Just a fifth of services will run today and half of lines will be closed as 40,000 RMT members hit the picket lines again.

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