Second strike of week begins after TSSA union accepts pay deal with Network Rail
So many strikes currently and virtually every one of them is affecting the public who have no influence in any of them.
Yes, in the UK remunerations for work done are not good in virtually every area of employment, unless you are MPs or captains of industry. The austerity cuts imposed since 2010 only made matters so much worse. Also, there are any so much more worse off, those in care, agriculture, and hospitality and many more.
With the Railways many unions have settled but not the RMT so why are they different they say because it is not all about money but safety. However, technology is forever improving and so some parts of jobs will be lost, that is inevitable. Network Rail have apparently said there will be no compulsory redundancies, but there will need to be changes to some working practices. Travellers are already moving away from rail travel and will most likely never return, so even less jobs eventually.
As to nurses no one would begrudge them a good remuneration for the work they do and there are tremendous shortages but so are in other employments causing many problems some which are interrelated; shortages of care workers which seriously affects the NHS and in turn nurses.
Also, the NHS is not only reliant on nurses for there are Doctors, support workers, porters, catering, administration and others all of whom will be wishing remuneration increases, so whatever the nurses receive will be required by them also.
When remunerations have been agreed it will not be fully funded by the Government for it never is and a good part of any increase will need to be funded from current NHS budgets which means less money available for NHS treatments.
Why not bring in compulsory independent arbitration which is legally binding on all parties.