Britain: Liz Truss “Flirts” with the Prime Minister – Maintains a big lead in the race to succeed Johnson

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She is still significantly ahead of her rival, Rishi Sunak, in race for the leadership of the Conservative Party but also for the Prime Ministership of BritainForeign Secretary Liz Truss, as a new poll by the YouGov organization shows on behalf of Sky News.

The ruling Conservative Party is voting by mail to choose its new leader after Mr Boris Johnson announced that he would resign after a series of scandals. The winner will be announced on September 5th.

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32 point lead

Tras is consistently at the top of the Conservative Party polls and leads Sunak by 32 percentage points among those who have decided to vote, the survey showed. Tras collects 66% and Sunak 34%.

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According to the poll and as reported by the Athens News Agency, only 13% of the members of the Conservative Party have either not decided who they will vote for or will not vote at all.

Λιζ ΤραςΛιζ ΤραςLiz Truss

Britain is in strike fever

Destruction prevails due to the strikes in Britain. Britain’s rail, post office and port workers are set to strike in the coming days to demand pay rises as they face ever-rising inflation and see their purchasing power eroded.

Today (Thursday 18/8) and Saturday (20/8) tens of thousands of British rail workers have been called by the RMT, TSSA and Unite unions to go on strike in the context of the largest strike mobilizations in the field for 30 years which started at the end of June.

Network Rail, the company that runs the country’s rail network, warned that only one in five trains would run on strike days and asked Britons not to travel “unless absolutely necessary”.

On Friday (19/8) the entire London transport network will be paralyzed and travel problems in the British capital will continue throughout the weekend.

Απεργία τρένων στη ΒρετανίαΑπεργία τρένων στη ΒρετανίαRail strike in Britain

On Sunday (21/8) workers at the port of Felixstowe in eastern England – Britain’s largest port where cargo ships are unloaded – are starting an eight-day strike, threatening to cause problems in the transit of goods in the country.

Everywhere the demand is the same: wage increases corresponding to inflation, which in July at Britain reached 10.1% year-on-year and may exceed 13% in October, according to Bank of England forecasts.

Citizens’ purchasing power is being eroded by skyrocketing price rises, which “demonstrates the urgent need (…) to defend workers’ wages,” Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said in a statement.

Απεργία τρένων στη ΒρετανίαΑπεργία τρένων στη ΒρετανίαRail strike in Britain

The impasse remains

More than 115,000 UK postal workers are set to strike for four days between the end of August and early September following a call by the CWU union, while around 40,000 workers at telecoms company BT will go on strike for the first time in 35 years.

Strikes have been planned by Amazon warehouse workers, lawyers and waste collection workers.

“Employers are doing everything they can to support staff at this time,” the CBI employers’ association said in a statement. “But a large majority of them cannot raise wages sufficiently in line with inflation“, he added.

Some strikes were averted at the last minute after employers gave satisfactory wage increases. This happened to a company that refuels Heathrow Airport.

British Airways ground staff, who were demanding at least the restoration of their wages which had been cut by 10% during the pandemic, received a 13% increase and ultimately did not go on strike.

Rail workers are continuing their strike today as negotiations with the many private companies that run the network have reached an impasse. They have also rejected Network Rail’s proposal for pay rises, which they say involves mass redundancies.

Trade unionists have also been angered that the government changed legislation to allow employers to use temporary workers to replace those on strike.

London’s famous Harrods department store was “the first employer to threaten staff” with using the law as workers voted to go on strike, according to Unite.

The strike action may continue beyond the summer and extend to teachers or even health workerswhose union rejected the “miserable” proposal for a 4% wage increase.

Source: News Beast

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