The british railway workers of 14 UK train operators second this Saturday another strike to demand a salary increase due to the rising cost of living.
It is estimated that only between 40% to 50% of trains operate in the UK todaywhich will again cause problems for the millions of passengers who use this means of transport every day.
The measure of force follows others recently seconded by teachers, doctors who do the medical residency and civil servantsin demand for salary increases to face the rise in inflation British YoYwhich is in the 10.1%.
The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMT), which has called today’s strike, estimates that more than 20,000 workers They will join the strike.
That union has also called another strike for the March 30 and April 1. These strikes join several that the sector has carried out in recent months.
This Friday, the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), which represents the workers of the British Passport Office, has organized a strike for April 3, also demanding a wage improvement, a measure that may have a strong impact on the issuance of travel documents before the summer.
The UK believes that will avoid entering a technical recession this year -two consecutive quarters of economic contraction-, and that will reduce year-on-year inflation by the end of 2023 until it is in the 2.9%According to the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, jeremy hunt.
Unveiling in Parliament the state budget for the next fiscal period, which begins in April, Hunt said these calculations have been made by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), which oversees the country’s public accounts. .
British year-on-year inflation will be able to drop by the end of 2023 to a third of what it was at the end of last year, in the 10.7%.
“Today the Office for Budget Responsibility anticipates that, due to changing international factors and the actions it takes, the UK will not now enter a technical recession this yearHunt said as he presented his budget in Parliament.
The British is the only economy in the Group of Seven that has not yet recovered its pre-pandemic sizehaving already suffered a decade of near-stagnant revenue growth before the COVID-19 hit to activity and a rebound in inflation, which remains above 10 percent.
“Despite continued global instability, the OBR reports today that UK inflation will decline from 10.7% in the last quarter of last year to 2.9% by the end of 2023,” Hunt said.
Hunt has ruled out that his budget plan includes a big spending or big tax cuts.
Many economists think that you probably want to set aside some of fiscal strenght for when the national electionsexpected in 2024. The opposition Labor Party is well ahead of the ruling Conservatives in opinion polls.
Rather than spending big now, Hunt is expected to use his budget speech to address some of the root causes of Britain’s economic woes, such as the post-pandemic shrinking labor market.
(With information from EFE and Reuters)
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