Boris in 11th-hour plea to transport staff – with hours until UK grinds to halt

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‘It’s not too late’, the PM has said (Picture: LNP)

Boris Johnson has issued a last-ditch appeal to transport unions to call off strikes as millions of Brits brace for chaos.

More than 40,000 transport workers from Network Rail and 13 major franchise operators from across the country are due to stage three 24-hour walkouts, while Tube workers will launch their own action on Tuesday.

The prime minister has told staff ‘it’s not too late’ – with less than 24 hours until the country grinds to a halt.

He named walkouts ‘an act of self-harm for rail workers’, after they announced dramatic action over pay, job cuts and work conditions.

The Government is ‘on the side of the public’, the Tory leader has claimed – as ministers are blasted for refusing to join negotiations, despite holding the purse strings since the pandemic.

Speaking to The Evening Standard, the PM reminded people that it is Britain’s ‘first full summer in two years where we face no restrictions’ following Covid lockdowns.

‘Here in London, I want to see the capital’s businesses thriving, theatres full and pubs and restaurants bustling. I want the city to unleash its full potential’, he said in his eleventh-hour statement.

‘And it is for this reason that it is not too late for unions to stay at the table and call off these strikes.

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He asked unions to ‘stay at the table’, despite ministers refusing to join negotiations (Picture: Joe Giddens – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

‘They are an act of self-harm for rail workers – driving away commuters now will only threaten jobs, growth and the modernisation of this fantastic industry.’

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Source:: Metro News

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