Baltimore Sun

UK rail workers in 24-hour strike


LONDON — Britain’s railway network ground to a crawl on Wednesday after 40,000 staff walked off the job in a dispute over jobs, pay and working conditions. Train companies said only about a fifth of services across the country were due to run.

The 24-hour strike by cleaners, signalers, maintenanc­e workers and station staff comes a month after the country’s most disruptive rail walkout in three decades brought trains to a halt across the U.K. at the start of the summer holiday season.

Negotiatio­ns aimed at resolving the dispute are deadlocked. The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers says employers’ latest pay offer falls short amid soaring inflation — currently 9.4% — and the worst cost-of-living crisis in decades.

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