The public thinks union bosses’ double-digit wage demands for striking railway workers should be rejected, a poll has found.
Fifty-two percent think a double-digit increase is “unreasonable,” while 57 percent believe the rail, shipping and transport union’s call is “priceless.”
Barons are demanding an 11 per cent wage increase on their workers’ average wage of £54,000, which would prevent workers from taking a pay cut as inflation rises.
The RMT confirmed yesterday that nationwide strikes will take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday affecting Network Rail and 13 train operators. The London underground will also be severely disrupted on Tuesday or will not run at all.
Almost half of those surveyed, about 49 percent, said now is not the right time to strike, while 24 percent said it is a reasonable time to take action, the YouGov poll found.
The Rail Delivery Group poll found that only one in four supported the industrial action, but 39 percent did not want it.
Almost half supported cuts in government subsidies to the network and changes to working conditions that would require Sunday work to be part of the weekly roster.
Rail Delivery Group Chairman Steve Montgomery said: “Rather than going on strike, we need RMT leadership to work with us to reach an agreement that is fair to our employees, fair to our passengers and fair to taxpayers .”
Meanwhile, Grant Shapps last night blasted unions for “punishing millions of innocent people” ahead of this week’s rail strikes.
The transport secretary said the RMT had been asked to stop “harmful” industrial action and seek an agreement.
The cabinet minister said the country is now on the “cusp of a major disruption” that will wreak misery on millions next week.
He said: “A lot of people who don’t get paid when they can’t come to work end up losing money when they just can’t afford it.”
Disruption will be felt for students taking 38 exams and assessments, with T-level tests also taking place this week.
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