The citizens of the United Kingdom are set to face a nightmare before Christmas, as the RMT have recently announced a new wave of 48-hour strikes in mid-December.
The RMT, whose demands I still don’t understand, are set to transcend into their final form of Bond-villain evil as thousands of Brits will have their journeys canceled and rail services slashed.
Paying no attention to the average Joe on the street, or the elite hedge-fund manager taking a (First Class) train to his country house, the strikes will serve as a slap in the face to the people who constitute this great country.
Rail-walkouts dominated the headlines this summer, with many comparing the deplorable situation to the Miners’ Strike of the 1980s.
Whilst this one was at least peaceful and, at times, eloquently articulated, the disruption it caused brought me Vietnam-style flashbacks to the disorder of previous decades.
The prospect of widespread social upheaval is enough to keep me awake at night. I’m often woken up by intrusive thoughts about something happening to our dear King or well-meaning political leaders.
I worry that the public will down their Union Jacks and pick up their hammers and sickles, ready to cause devastation on the elite. Whilst we’re not at that stage yet, the Christmas rail strikes are a worrying step in that direction.
Earlier this week, it was announced that over 40,000 RMT workers will engage in strike action on December 13, 14, 16, and 17, and on January 3, 4, 6, and 7.
Mick Grinch Comments
Mick Lynch, the RMT General Secretary, said: "This latest round of strikes will show how important our members are to the running of this country and will send a clear message that we want a good deal on job security, pay and conditions for our people.’’
I’m all for seeing the hard-working British public be rewarded for their efforts, but not at the expense of everyone else. If you ask me, strikes one day can lead to full-blown anarchy the next.
It’s been a turbulent year here in Britain, and one that will be remembered for years to come for good and bad reasons. There were the soaring heights of the Platinum Jubilee and the triumph of England's Women at the Euros, as well as the pitiful depths of widespread anti-establishment discussion and the departure of two Prime Ministers.
Now, the British public may not even be able to enjoy a stress-free Christmas. Whether you agree with the strikes or not, you can’t argue that our good-natured citizens have been through hell and back over the last two years, and many will be disappointed.
Perhaps now’s the time to start thinking of alternative transport options this Xmas. Whilst we may not be able to catch the train, we can always see if Santa has any room in his sleigh.
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