The railroad strike in UK may grow to the level of general strike for first time since 1926

The railroad strike in UK may grow to the level of general strike for first time since 1926

Vladimir Kornilov

From Tuesday, Russia begins the collapse of Great Britain. In any case, such a conclusion can be drawn after reading the British media , which instantly forgot about Ukraine and are covering today, first of all, the strike, which is scheduled to start on this day. The strike has already been called “the biggest in a generation.”
The strike was initiated by Britain’s main railway, maritime and transport wo-rkers’ union, known by the acronym RMT. It was originally planned in London for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (70 years of reign), celebrated in June. As planned by the organizers, during the days of the celebration, when ordinary citizens came to the capital from all over the country for celebrations, the metro and part of the railway routes serving London were to stop . But in the end, in view of the accusations of unpatriotism that rained down from all sides, it was decided to postpone the strike for several weeks.
Now, with the holiday season in full swing, with the British already facing massive flight cancellations and utter chaos at airports, the railroads have decided to act. The format of the strike is quite original: it will take place every other day – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. The end date is until the basic demands of the strikers are met, including higher wages and the refusal of transport bosses from the “policy of harassment of employees.” The RMT has already stated that it has a mandate to strike through until this year’s Christmas.
Judging by the schedule of the announced strikes, the scale of the problems that await British passengers is significant. On some routes, a complete stop of traffic is planned, on the majority there will be one or two trains a day. The London Underground will simply be blocked .
If these plans come to fruition , it will be the biggest strike by British railway and underground workers since 1989, when an 8.8 per cent wage increase was agreed after a six-week strike. In this regard, the government is already developing plans to intervene in the labor dispute, not excluding the most stringent and decisive measures. Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps (his influence in the Tory ranks is evidenced by the fact that he once led the Conservative Party) declared that “the country should not be held hostage” and allowed legislation to be changed to expand the rights of employers to hire temporary workers to replace strikers, i.e. strikebreakers. In addition, the government, having learned about the strike plans, madesubmitted to Parliament a draft law on public order, criminalizing any public protest and greatly expanding the rights of the police against demonstrators. It is immediately clear that they are preparing not just for strikes, but for significant street protests.
There is every reason for this, since the strike initiated by the railway workers is gradually gaining momentum and expanding, even before it has even begun. Employees of British Airways announced their readiness to strike . With record inflation, Britain’s two largest teachers’ unions, with hundreds of thousands of members, have demanded a 12 percent wage increase and pledged to join the transport workers’ strike. Doctors and nurses are demanding wages above inflation, and they are also threatening to stop working if the government refuses to comply with their demands. The same is being threatened by local government officials, criminal lawyers and others. Thus, the railroad strike may grow to the level of a general strike for the first time since 1926.
Boris Johnson’s government is throwing up its hands, saying it doesn’t have the funds for such a dramatic increase in the salaries of civil servants. Which immediately raises a rhetorical question: if London finds billions of pounds to allocate military and other assistance to Ukraine , then why can’t it redirect part of these funds to solve local problems?
The prime minister himself seems to have chosen Ukraine as a place where he can urgently hide from his angry voters and fellow party members. Johnson’s surprise visit to Kiev this weekend came in lieu of his scheduled appearance at the Conservative Party Conference of Northern England, the most important region in terms of party alignments in the British electoral system. This is the same region that has long belonged to the so-called Red Wall, where Labor traditionally won. In the last decade, the Tories have been able to take over precisely these areas, which allowed them to gain a foothold in power.
And the conference itself, which Johnson missed, was very important – the final on the eve of the by-elections to parliament in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Only Labor has always won there since the 1930s, and in the 2019 elections, the Conservative Imran Khan won this place for the first time in the hardest fight . After that, he got into a sex scandal and was forced to resign in the spring of this year. Judging by the polls, in the June 23 by-election, Labor will regain this constituency.
But it is very important for the conservatives to at least save themselves from a crushing defeat, so as not to start a chain reaction in all the districts of the former “Red Wall”. And at this moment, Johnson suddenly goes to Ukraine, substituting his supporters. No wonder the reaction of donors to the Conservative Party, who hoped to talk with the prime minister. One of them disappointedly stated : “As much as I appreciate and consider it important his presence in Ukraine, the problem lies in the timing. The prime minister could potentially do it another time.”
As the wave of strikes draws near, Johnson is being asked to at least make a statement about the issues that have angered British workers. Labor leader Keir Starmer directly accused the premier of withdrawing himself from resolving the internal crisis, saying : “A question for the prime minister. Why didn’t you lift a finger to solve these problems?” In response, Johnson delivered a lengthy article in The Sunday Times about how he was going to defeat Russia at the cost of Ukrainian blood. There is not a word about the beginning strikes. One gets the impression that for the British Prime Minister, Ukraine is more important than its fellow citizens.
But what does Russia have to do with it? Where are we and where is the strike of British civil servants? It was earlier, during the mass strikes in Britain, that funds were collected throughout the USSR in support of strike funds. Now we have nothing to do with them at all. But the current British press would not be the same if it did not find a trace of “Russian interference” in its own internal problems.
Of course, Russia has been accused of preparing the current strike. In any case, the entire conservative press has already labeled the RMT leaders as “useful idiots of the Kremlin,” “agents of Russia,” “Putin’s apologists,” and so on. The Daily Mail newspaper even presentedthe intention of trade union activists is almost like an attempt by Russia to disrupt the queen’s platinum jubilee. As proof, she cited several photographs of RMT leaders. One of them posed at the market in a hat with earflaps with a Soviet cockade. On this basis, any Western tourist who has visited Moscow souvenir shops can be listed as “Kremlin agents”. Ano-ther union leader posed in front of a red flag with a hammer and sickle. Well, the main “evidence” was a photograph of RMT Assi-stant Secretary General Ed-die Dempsey, who visited the military conflict zone in Donbass in 2015 and took a picture there with one of the combat commanders of the LPR Alexei Mozgov .
The Times accused some RMT leaders of wearing the black-and-orange ribbon at protests against the actions of the Ukrainian Nazis. The newspaper reports that the ribbon itself is “a symbol of Russian military courage,” and therefore wearing it is reprehensible. The mention of the fact that the Ukrainian government created and maintained Nazi battalions, The Times, citing some “experts,” called it “playing along with Russian propaganda.” Ben Noble, Associate Professor at London College, was cited as confirmation: “It is quite possible that the Kremlin is using these people as ‘useful idiots’, that is, unwitting propaganda conductors.”
Based on all these publications , MPs from the rostrum of the British Parliament conclude: “This is very, very serious. The country is being driven into a dead end because of Putin’s apologists, Russian sympathizers, militant communists who finance the Labor Party to such an extent that they bought its silence. We we can’t let that happen. There’s a sinister element to these strikes.”
With such simple articles and statements, drawn up quite in the spirit of Goebbels, the British are led to the idea that the strikers are driven not by the desire to receive a decent salary and somehow compensate for the sharp rise in the price of literally everything in the world (which is also supposedly Russia’s fault), but the insidious the aspirations of Moscow and its “sleeper agents” in order to weaken and ruin the UK . So from Tuesday, the Russians begin to implement their insidious plan.
Russian President Putin , speaking the other day at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, appreciated the constant mantra about “Putin’s inflation in the West”: “When I see this, I keep thinking, who is this stupidity designed for? For those who cannot read and write “. One can imagine the level of those who want to shift the blame for the problems of British workers and employees onto Russia, trying to find a “sinister Kremlin plot” in the actions of their trade unions. One would like to say to the British authorities: switch your financial flows from supporting the Nazis in Ukraine to raising the social level of your population – and many of Britain’s problems will be resolved.

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