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Rail strikes DO NOT bring modern world to a standstill: Tactic is less ‘effective’ as many employees can just WFH, says transportation secretary Grant Shapps as he taunts unions

  • More than 90 percent of London office workers stayed at home on the first day of the strike
  • A weekend full of performances and sports can cause chaos in the capital today
  • The Rolling Stones are in Hyde Park and Ed Sheeran is performing in Wembley

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

The transport minister said the RMT union, which is holding its third strike today, has not achieved the impact it had hoped.

But he warned that the union action was still hurting small businesses, with some pubs losing half of their revenue.

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

Transport minister said the RMT union, which is holding its third strike today, has not achieved the impact it had hoped

“Despite what the RMT claims, we have not seen the level of overcrowding on buses or heavy congestion on roads that some feared because the world has changed and many more people are now able to work from home.

“We also haven’t seen freight traffic affected the way they’d hoped — with 68 percent more services running than expected yesterday.”

Only a fifth of services will run today and half of the lines will be closed when 40,000 RMT members reach the picket lines again.

More than 90 percent of London office workers stayed at home on the first day of the strikes, mitigating the impact at stations. But a weekend full of performances and sports could cause chaos in the capital today.

The Rolling Stones are in Hyde Park and Ed Sheeran is in Wembley, with performances by Billie Eilish, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and comedian Joe Lycett. There are also events across the country for Armed Forces Day and a cricket test in Leeds.

Only a fifth of services will run today and half of the lines will be closed when 40,000 RMT members reach the picket lines again.  More than 90 percent of London office workers stayed at home on the first day of the strikes, mitigating the impact at stations

Only a fifth of services will run today and half of the lines will be closed when 40,000 RMT members reach the picket lines again. More than 90 percent of London office workers stayed at home on the first day of the strikes, mitigating the impact at stations

Those going to see Sheeran at Wembley are bracing for ‘bloodbath’, but many are determined to attend an event they’ve booked during the lockdown. Others who wanted to drive to the gig faced scam prices: all official car parks were sold out and one fan had to pay over £400 to use a ramp.

Trains will mainly be limited to main lines, but even those will only be open between 7:30am and 6:30pm, with the disruption continuing tomorrow.

Steve Montgomery of the Rail Delivery Group, which represents operators, said: ‘While we do our best to minimize disruption to passengers, our advice is to travel only when necessary and if you are going to travel, plan then please go ahead. †

Talks between the RMT, Network Rail and 13 train operators continued yesterday. Sources said they were getting ‘closer’ to a deal, but the RMT was hot on the demand for modernizing working methods. The union wants pay increases of about 7 percent for employees, but has been offered 3 percent.

Yesterday, the Mail revealed that the railway union TSSA could partner with the RMT to target the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in late July and early August. Visitors to the Games could also be greeted with piles of garbage after unions started voting for garbage collectors during strikes.

Teens could be delayed in receiving their GCSE and A-level results as the staff of England’s largest examination board vote on strike action.

About 160 AQA employees, including dozens who arrange the preparation of exams and results, could leave this summer. They are voted for strike action by Unison.

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