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Employee strikes hobble UK rail service

Empty platforms at a Newcastle train station in England on Thursday Associated Press/Photo by Owen Humphreys, PA

Employee strikes hobble UK rail service

Millions of commuters in Britain faced disruptions yet again Thursday as 40,000 cleaners, signalers, maintenance workers, and train station staffers walked off the job. The rail workers, who also went on strike Tuesday, are demanding protection for jobs, along with higher pay to keep up with inflation.

Will there be more strikes? Another walkout is scheduled for Saturday. Check-in staff and ground crews for British Airways have announced an upcoming strike of their own in a dispute over pay. Air travelers are already facing slowdowns and disruptions due to staffing shortages at airports amid skyrocketing demand for flights. The current strike has been Britain’s most disruptive transportation walkout in three decades.

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Josh Schumacher

Josh is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. He’s a graduate of WORLD Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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