British railway workers around Liverpool vote to accept 7.1% pay deal

LONDON, June 22 (Reuters) – Workers on Britain’s rail network around Liverpool have voted for a 7.1% pay rise, a union said on Wednesday, after the first day of massive strikes in the region over salary reasons.

“What this makes clear is that our union, and our sister unions, are in no way an obstacle to finding the solutions needed to avoid a summer of discontent on the railways,” said the head of the trade union of the Association of Transport Employees, Manuel Cortes. in a statement on the Merseyrail deal.

The government and the Bank of England have urged companies not to set steep pay rises, fearing it will entrench inflation in the system. Official data on Wednesday showed consumer price inflation hit a 40-year high of 9.1% last month.

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But soaring prices have prompted workers in a range of sectors to turn to industrial action. Millions of passengers were affected on Tuesday when railway workers walked off the job. Two more walkout days are scheduled for this week.

The main railway union RMT is demanding wage increases of 7%.

As of 09:11 GMT, Merseyrail’s official website still said no trains were due to run on June 23 and 25 due to the strikes. The TSSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

Merseyrail employs around 1,200 people and operates more than 600 regular services a day, it says.

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Reporting by Muvija M; Editing by Kate Holton

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