Rail strikers are ‘holding the country to ransom’, a furious caller tells Nick Ferrari | So Good News
November 23, 2022, 11:56 am
This caller says the public is “losing patience” with railroad workers and that they are asking “too much.”
A caller for Nick Ferrari on Breakfast on LBC this morning expressed her disapproval of the upcoming rail strikes, explaining that workers are asking for “too much”.
Maureen, in Sunderland, said: “I think the country is losing patience with the rail strikes now, it’s ridiculous. They are holding the country to ransom.”
“Everybody wants more money – there’s just no money left in the country and nobody can get the amount they’re trying to demand, which they’re striking for”, she added.
Nick replied: “But the unions will say they haven’t had a pay deal for years.”
He continued: “When you go to the supermarket or you go to the shop, the prices have gone up and then you get the gas bill or the electricity bill. So the unions will say we have to sort out our employees.”
Maureen replied, “Well, I think the amount they’re asking is extortionate. They have good money to begin with, and they ask more and more. So is everyone else as you say, the postal workers and all.”
“It’s just not the money and they’re asking too much”, she insisted. “We know everyone is going to struggle … it’s not just railroad workers.”
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Nick Ferrari explained that the civil service, university staff, firefighters, doctors and nurses are also on strike in addition to the railway workers.
This comes after the Railway, Maritime and Transport Association reported a series of 48-hour walkouts planned for 13, 14, 16 and 17 December, followed by a new wave of industrial action on 3, 4, 6 and 7 January.
More than 70,000 Members of the university and college association will walk out for an improvement in wages and conditions.
Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) conducted their first nationwide vote in its 106 years of existence. It represents almost half a million nurses, midwives and health assistants – 300,000 of whom were voted on whether the strike should be carried out.
It is expected to start before Christmas and may continue into May next year until six months of strike.