‘Selfish and irresponsible’ rail strikes will cost taxpayers £100m
Britain’s rail network is expected to be effectively closed for a full week later this month in the biggest strike in over 30 years.
Nationwide strikes were announced for June 21, 23 and 25 by the RMT in what it described as the biggest dispute on the network since 1989.
More than 50,000 workers from National Rail and 13 other operators will walk out on June 21, coinciding with an underground strike in London, and another 40,000 union members will strike on subsequent dates.
Two critical by-elections will be disrupted, while revelers will also face chaos at events such as Glastonbury, several concerts and England’s cricket match against New Zealand.
5 things to start your day
1) Ban gas boilers to tackle cost of living crisis, demands infrastructure czar Sir John Armitt, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, said ministers should replicate the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 to also apply to natural gas boilers.
2) 50,000 railway workers will shut down the UK transport network with a three-day strike in June Railway union bosses have launched the strikes to coincide with the by-elections and the Glastonbury Festival as they pressure the government.
3) UK launches first post-Brexit satellite navigation system to stave off threat of Russian hack Britain’s satellite navigation system will give precise locations to planes, ships and driverless cars after Brexit meant the UK was kicked out of the European alternative.
4) Tesco vegan burger adverts banned due to ‘misleading’ environmental claims The Advertising Standards Authority said Tesco had hinted that buying Plant Chef burgers would ‘have a positive effect on the environment’ by suggesting customers could ‘do their part’ for the environment by switching to plant-based burgers. herbal basis.
5) Three in four Londoners will never return to the office full time The study found that few agree with Boris Johnson’s criticism that working from home is inefficient because people find themselves “walking very slowly to the fridge, cutting off a small piece of cheese” and forget what they were doing.
What happened overnight
Hong Kong stocks started Wednesday with a big gain following a strong lead from Wall Street.
The Hang Seng index increased by 1.2 pc. The Shanghai Composite Index added 0.1pc, while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China’s second-largest stock exchange rose 0.06pc.
Shares in Tokyo opened higher, with the benchmark Nikkei 225 index up 0.6pc.
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