‘Railway workers represent all of us in our struggle’ – Chiara Rinaldi

Industrial action by RMT union workers left very few train services running in Meczyki this week. There was no service to major railway stations including Swansea, Bridgend, Carmarthen, Llanley, Aberystwyth, Holyhead and Landudno. Read here how it turned out

The dispute is about pay and modernization, with the union claiming the union wants to cut 2,500 jobs as part of a £2bn reduction in network rail spending, which affects workers on track, signal and overhead lines. Here’s what our readers said…

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The struggle of railway employees paves the way for all of us

Railway employees are representing all of us in our struggle for good pay, conditions and jobs.

They should win their struggle and show the way to all workers to achieve wage increase which maintains high rate of inflation. If they fail, we all fail and we all become poorer and poorer.

The consequences of defeat will be far worse than the slightest inconvenience caused by the strike.

Bob Davis, Pontypridd

Britain on a road to self-destruction

For those of us of a certain age, the current malaise in which our country finds itself is all too familiar and takes us back to the pre-Thatcher era, when our country was on its knees by the relentless populist demands of the striking masses. had arrived. The inevitable result of pulling ourselves out of world markets, driving production overseas, and killing most of our heavy industry.

What little memories we have, coupled with our “buy today, pay tomorrow” mentality. We have transformed as a nation, regardless of circumstances, bent on self-destruction, with the inevitable result of driving the remainder of our manufacturing base to foreign parts.

We must brace ourselves – the party of indulgence and possessiveness is over, and we must face the realities of life, not the weight of absurd awakenings.

Charles Jones, Chester

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Union militants are ready to sink the rail industry

Although it would be hard for today’s younger generation to believe it, as we were recovering from World War II in the 1950s, Britain actually had more aircraft and car makers than America.

Yet during the 1970s as militant union members took over our industries, they handed over commercial aircraft design, development and final assembly to the French, shipbuilding to South Korea, and the car industry to the Far East and across the Channel. Gave.

Now the descendants of those militant union members who are allergic to any form of improved efficiency and productivity are determined to hammer the last nail in our railroad industry’s coffin.

RMT’s Mick Lynch claims his mission is to protect the working class, but as it did in the 1970s, it certainly isn’t activist in this country.

Brian Kristly, Abergel

Americans show how to run train service

Even the United States saw the absurdity of fully privatized railways. Amtrak, which covers a large portion of the American railway system, is a state-owned enterprise, a subsidized public service (remember them?)

After traveling by Amtrak on several occasions I found the service to be comfortable, affordable and reliable. Sadly, here in this “septic isle” the word public is replaced with private, which always uses the word profit.

James Barry, Cardiff

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