Government sitting on their hands over rail strikes

The Liberal Democrats have exposed that there have been no meetings between ministers and officials at the RMT Union regarding the planned rail strikes next week.

Rail strikes next week will bring chaos to Britain’s commuters, yet this Conservative government has done nothing to stop them going ahead.

Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Sarah Olney asked Transport Minister Wendy Morton if the Transport Secretary would publish the dates and times of meetings between the department and RMT Union officials from 13th May 2022. Today it was revealed that there have been no such meetings.

This government is leaving the public in the dark and millions of passengers are facing the misery of forking out for extra petrol – all because ministers are playing political games.

The Liberal Democrats have already called for Grant Shapps to resign if these strikes go ahead, as the first duty of the Transport Secretary is to keep our country moving. Commuters and holiday goers have also been left abandoned by the union action.

Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said: “Commuters and holiday goers will be thinking what on earth has Grant Shapps been doing all this time? He gets paid to keep the country moving but hasn’t even bothered to sort this mess out.

Sarah Olney MP

“Ministers are twiddling their thumbs whilst innocent passengers suffer.

“In any other work place this is a sackable offence. Who else in the country can get away with refusing to do their job? Boris Johnson should sack him and apologise to the British public.

“The unions shouldn’t be inflicting misery on millions of passengers, but Grant Shapps is just as much to blame for failing to even meet with them.”

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