Rail union bosses says it’s “premature” to increasing services as lockdown eases

Rail unions have today said it is ‘premature’ to open up the country’s public transport network prompting accusations they are holding the country to ransom.

Ministers want to be running 85 to 100 per cent of train and Tube services within two despite it not being ‘safe’, RMT’S Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said.

The country’s three biggest rail unions have today written to Boris Johnson, warning that increasing train services to normal levels from May 18 will be ‘dangerous and lead to the public flouting the rules.’

Some private sector bosses see the unions’ invention as a form of blackmail as they try to push through pay rises for their public sector members.

And meanwhile millions of Britons are desperate to get back to work again.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen told MailOnline today said this is “absolutely typical of the militant transport unions – they are trying to exploit the crisis and hold the government to ransom for more money”.

“All through the lockdown we have relied on the NHS and other public services – but when we come out the other side it will be the private sector and wealth creators who will be relied on to pay and support the public sector and rebuild the economy.

“Every day we are in lockdown the economic hole we are in gets bigger. The unions are trying to stand in the way.”

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