Train strikes have floor the nation to a halt this week, however the authorities is attempting to shift the blame onto Labour – regardless of the Conservatives being in Downing Street for greater than a decade.
The railway walkout means solely 20% of companies shall be operating on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this week, with extreme delays anticipated on the times in between.
Workers are putting over stagnant pay, as inflation soars above 9%, job losses and adjustments to their working circumstances and pensions.
The unions – notably RMT, which has been main the cost towards rail operators – declare they had been left with no selection however to strike as negotiations with their employers have repeatedly failed and a obligatory redundancy discover was issued.
The authorities has repeatedly claimed it has no function within the negotiations, however RMT alleges that Downing Street – which owns Network Rail – has been purposefully stopping any settlement being reached.
The Tories reject this declare, with transport secretary Grant Shapps dubbing the requires the federal government to come back to the negotiating desk as a “stunt”.
He alleged: “The reality is they’re using it as a camouflage for the fact they’ve walked out of the talks that they should be in with their employers.”
Not solely are ministers refusing to assist the stalled talks, they’re additionally blaming their political opponents for the strikes within the first place.
Their argument hinges on the truth that Sir Keir Starmer has not brazenly condemned the strikes, and that some frontbenchers have joined the picket line at present.
Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis tweeted: “Labour’s strikes this week will make life harder for families across the country. Yet they refuse to put a stop to them.”
Chair of the Conservative Party Oliver Dowden retweeted a photograph of the Labour social gathering whip on the picket line, and tweeted: “When we say these are Labour’s strikes, this is exactly what we mean.”
The official Conservative Party Twitter web page have all condemned Labour over the walkout, whereas deputy prime minister Dominic Raab really took a special route and attacked the Lib Dems for “sitting on the fence”.
But it’s not precisely a bulletproof defence, contemplating the Conservatives have been in energy since 2010 – as many individuals have identified.
The phrase “12 YEARS” even began trending on Twitter in response to the Tories’ weird defence.
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