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Transport secretary blames workers’ wages for rail fare increase, 05 Jan 2019 11:24 #12582

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Transport secretary blames workers’ wages for rail fare increase, conveniently ignoring fat cat dividends

Transport secretary Chris Grayling is blaming trade unions for the rail fare increases after unions demanded staff get a well-deserved pay rise. But Grayling’s attack on workers conveniently leaves out the huge pay increases for rail bosses and ignores the shareholders raking in a billion pounds’ worth of dividends.
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Rail fares increased by an average of 3.1% on 2 January in what Railfuture describes as another “yet another kick in the wallet” for passengers. This is on top of the 3.4% rise early last year and a rise every year since 2010.

Research by Labour using 180 train routes showed the average commuter will now be forced to pay £2,980 for their season ticket. This is a £786 increase from 2010. As The Canary has previously reported, weekly earnings have stagnated since 2008, with real wages lower than they were 10 years ago. This means that average fares have risen almost three times faster than wages. Fares have risen faster than wages nine times in the past 10 years.

www.thecanary.co/uk/2019/01/03/transport-secretary-blames-workers-wages-for-rail-fare-increase-conveniently-ignoring-fat-cat-dividends/

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