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We can’t allow unions to win over rail strikes, says UK deputy prime minister

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Parked trains at Waterloo Station in London, on June 21, 2022.

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LONDON (REUTERS) – Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said on Wednesday (June 22) that the government could not allow “militant unions” to win over rail strikes, warning that their demands could lead to an inflationary spiral.

More than 40,000 rail staff walked out on the first day of Britain’s biggest rail strike in 30 years on Tuesday (June 21), as millions of passengers facing days more chaos.

“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,” Mr 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.”

Soaring food prices pushed British consumer price inflation to a new 40-year high last month of 9.1 per cent, the highest rate out of the Group of Seven countries and underlining the severity of the cost-of-living crunch.

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