Government accused of ‘pouring petrol on the fire’ as UK braces for rail strikes
The Metro says the government has been accused of ‘pouring petrol on the fire’ by boycotting negotiations before the ‘biggest rail strike in modern history’.
Millions of people will have their plans disrupted this week – including schoolchildren travelling to exams, patients heading to hospital appointments and festival-goers going to Glastonbury.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has accused the Tories of ‘wanting the country to grind to a halt so they can feed off the division’ after ministers admitted the last time they met with union officials was May 13.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has insisted he can’t take part in pay dispute discussions as it is a matter between employers and unions – despite admitting that the government controls the purse strings after the Covid lockdown.
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