The UK’s largest rail strike in 30 years has hampered travel

LONDON: Tens of thousands of workers left on the first day of The biggest rail strike in Britain for 30 years on Tuesday, with millions of passengers facing days of chaos as both unions and the government vowed to stick to their guns for pay.
The strike by more than 40,000 railway workers, due to be repeated on Thursday and Saturday, caused major disruptions in the network, cutting off most services and leaving major stations empty. IN London Underground it was also mostly closed due to a separate strike.
PM Boris Johnson, under pressure to do more to help Britons face the worst economic blow in decades, said the strike would harm the business, which is still recovering from Covid. The unions said rail strikes could mark the beginning of a “summer of discontent” with teachers, medics, landfill workers and even lawyers targeting industrial action as inflation drives 10%. Network Rail said people should not travel by train unless absolutely necessary.
Hospital staff said some colleagues slept at night to maintain care. A poll by sociologists YouGov found that public opinion is divided, with 37% supporting the action and 45% opposed it.

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