The government cannot allow “militant unions” to win over rail strikes, Britain’s deputy prime minister Dominic Raab warned on Wednesday, warning that their demands might lead to an inflationary spiral.
On the first day of Britain’s largest rail strike in 30 years, over 40,000 train workers walked out on Tuesday, leaving millions of customers facing days of disruption. more info
“We can’t allow, I’m afraid, the unions, in this very militant way that they’ve proceeded, to win this argument because it will only hurt the poorest in our society,” Raab told Sky News.
“It is the lowest paid who suffer the most from strike action, and also if we get into this inflationary spiral that the union’s demands would lead to.”
Food price increases boosted British consumer price inflation to a fresh 40-year high of 9.1 percent last month, the highest rate among the Group of Seven nations and emphasizing the severity of the cost-of-living crisis.