Mick lynch, secretary general of the london underground union (rmt), argued that the strike was necessary as wage hikes were not keeping pace with soaring inflation in the uk. Uk inflation is currently at 9.4% and is expected to continue to climb.
"Network rail has not invested in improving the previous pay package and the rail companies have not proposed a new package," he said.
The london underground union launched a cell numbers list three-day strike last month, which almost paralyzed the railway network. "The government must stop interfering in this dispute before employers can negotiate with us," lynch said.
The government urged union leaders and the railway company to resolve the dispute. Railway transportation services are expected to resume in the early morning of the 28th.
Cost of living pressures worsen as 9 in 10 britons pay more attention to daily expenses
The cost of living in the uk is on the rise. Industry data released on the 26th showed that during the four-week period ending on the 16th, british supermarket sales fell by 4.1% compared with the same period last year; in addition, as many as 90% of britons said they were paying more and more attention to their daily expenses.