Nigel Farage warns if the Government give into RMT demands there 'could be many, many more' strikes

Millions of people across the country have been affected by the first day of strikes

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Nigel Farage has warned there “could be many, many more” strikes if the Government gives into the requests of RMT workers.

The largest rail strike for a generation has caused severe disruption across the country today with more cancellations happening on Wednesday.

Some 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail and 13 train operators have walked out in a bitter dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage
Striking workers formed picket lines up and down the country today
Striking workers formed picket lines up and down the country today

While there are also expected to be further strike action throughout the rest of the week.

Speaking about the strikes on GB News, Nigel said the Government doesn’t want to give into the rail workers because they know about the potential consequences across other sectors.

He said: “We know the Conservative Party position, they don’t want to give in, they don’t want to be seen to give in, they don’t want Network Rail to give in.

“Because they know if they give into these unions, there will be many, many more to come in the public sector and perhaps actually that could lead into the private sector.

“And wage inflation, once that disease of inflation has kicked in, it could worsen it and make it spiral.”

Striking workers formed picket lines up and down the country today, while some MPs including Diane Abbott and Lloyd Russell-Moyle also joined in.

RMT general-secretary Mick Lynch said: “Today’s turnout at picket lines has been fantastic and exceeded expectations in our struggle for job security, defending conditions and a decent pay rise.

“Our members will continue the campaign and have shown outstanding unity in the pursuit of a settlement to this dispute.

“RMT members are leading the way for all workers in this country who are sick and tired of having their pay and conditions slashed by a mixture of big business profits and Government policy.

“Now is the time to stand up and fight for every single railway worker in this dispute that we will win.”