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The general strike could escalate if no agreement can be reached, RMT’s secretary general has warned.

Mick Lynch said he could not see Saturday’s strike being avoided as train passengers were urged to travel only if needed today on the second day of the RMT strike on Britain’s railways.

Asked about the strike at the weekend, he told Sky News: “It’s hard work. It will take a lot of progress to get that strike off. I can not see that happening today where I am, but we will work constructively with the companies. . ”

The union confirmed that labor struggles would continue as planned after talks between the union, Network Rail and train operators again hit a deadlock on Wednesday afternoon.

At least 40,000 RMT members will protest amid an ongoing dispute over layoffs and real pay cuts. The railway will run with a capacity of 20 percent, and many of the last intercity trains will run in the middle of the afternoon.

The London Tube is mostly unaffected, though the new Elizabeth line and London Overground, both of which use national rail lines, will be. Commuters are asked to end their journeys on both lines before noon. The interruption is expected to continue until Friday.

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More railway workers to vote on strikes

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) warns of a “fast-approaching summer of discontent” if the government does not make a reasonable offer to members of the TransPennine Express (TPE).

It alerted dozens of members to strike and action except strike in a dispute over wages, conditions and job security. The earliest that combat action can be taken is July 27th.

TSSA Secretary General Manuel Cortes said: “The Department of Transportation should either give TransPennine and other companies the signal to give us a reasonable offer, or ministers should come to the negotiating table and speak directly to us.

“The alternative is a summer of discontent across our railway network that is fast approaching.”

Manuel Cortes, Secretary General of the TSSA

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RMT trade union: ‘The public on our side’

Railway workers in charge of the performance at the Eustion station said they had been inundated with food and water from members of the public.

“The public is definitely on our side, I have never seen so much public support,” said RMT regional organizer Kathy Mazur.

“On Tuesday, we gave away the amount of food we had to the homeless. Really, really great support from the public.”

RMT Assistant Secretary General Eddie Dempsey said he expects other workers will demand a pay rise.

“Teachers, they are facing a cost of living crisis, (also) postal services, telecommunications workers, health workers. We believe there will be more demands for wage increases in the economy, and we think that is right.”

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Glastonbury Festival-goers brave trains in Paddington

Glastonbury Festival players Becky Moriarty, Jared Hill and Rory Leighton (left to right) take the train to Paddington Station in London.

Although strike action is taking place during the Glastonbury Festival, the Great Western Railway will continue to run trains between Castle Cary and London Paddington.

Find out how to travel to the Glastonbury Festival during the train strike here.

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‘Millions’ more people work from home

Several million Britons are working from home this week due to the nationwide railway strikes, according to Virgin Media O2.

The broadband provider saw a 5 percent week-on-week increase in its upstream traffic on Tuesday due to an increase in video calls on platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

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Pictured: People waiting for trains at Liverpool Street Station

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Elizabeth Line partially closes after vandalism

There are several disruptions for Elizabeth Line’s passengers today, but this time it’s vandalism.

Commuters on their way to Shenfield will have to switch on Liverpool Street to Central Line and then back to Elizabeth Line at Stratford to continue their journey.

“Someone threw something on the pitch between Stratford and Liverpool Street,” said an employee at Liverpool Street station.

“I do not know why, some people are just not okay.”

Elizabeth Line is partially closed

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Congestion on London’s roads is higher than the same time last week

TomTom figures show that the level of roadblocks at. 9 in London was higher than at the same time last week.

But congestion levels remained lower or relatively stable in other cities.

In London, congestion levels rose from 75 per cent on 16 June to 83 per cent on Thursday.

But in Glasgow the congestion level dropped from 40 to 36 percent, and in Liverpool the level dropped slightly from 49 percent to 47 percent.

In Manchester, congestion levels rose from 64 to 66 percent.

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Railway strikes affect holidaymakers’ journeys to London airports

Lots of holidaymakers were worried about missing their flights as train delays caused them to get stuck at Liverpool Street station in London.

Stansted Express usually departs twice an hour from Britain’s third-busiest station, but strikes have reduced this to one.

A man who was on his way back to Sofia in Bulgaria after three days in London complained in broken English that the experience was “stressful”.

Asked how much longer he expected to wait, the man – who had been stranded at the station for half an hour – said: “I do not know, I’m just looking at the board, I hope not so long.

“I would not say it’s frustrating because I’m here on holiday, but it’s a little stressful.”

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Pictured: Passengers pass through Waterloo station

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Labor MP joins strike outside Liverpool Lime Street

Labor MP for Birkenhead Mick Whitley joined RMT members on a dash line outside Liverpool Lime Street station.

He said: “I think all Labor MPs should come out. Let’s be right, the Labor Party was born out of the trade union movement and they are our political voice in Parliament, so any Labor MP should be out.”

He said a wage agreement reached with Merseyrail reinforced the argument that the government “produced the dispute”.

He added: “We do not want to ruin people’s travel arrangements, but if you’re being pushed into a corner, you have to do something.”

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