No 10 attacks ‘selfish and irresponsible’ union over rail strike chaos

Ggood morning.

Britain’s rail network will be shut down for an entire week later this month during the largest strike in more than 30 years.

National strikes were announced on June 21, 23 and 25 by the RMT in what it described as the largest dispute on the network since 1989.

More than 50,000 employees of National Rail and 13 other operators will leave on June 21, coinciding with a Tube strike in London, and a further 40,000 union members will go on strike on the following dates.

Two crucial by-elections will be disrupted, while revelers will also face chaos en route to events such as Glastonbury, several concerts and England’s vs New Zealand cricket match.

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1) Ban gas boilers to tackle cost of living, infrastructure demands czar Sir John Armitt, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, said ministers must repeat the enforced ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 to also apply to natural gas boilers.

2) 50,000 railway workers close UK travel network with three days of strike in June Union bosses have launched the strikes to coincide with by-elections and the Glastonbury festival, while putting pressure on the government.

3) UK launches first satellite navigation system after Brexit to fend off Russian hacking threat The UK satellite navigation system will give precise locations to planes, ships and driverless cars after Brexit meant removing the UK from the European alternative.

4) Tesco ads for vegan burgers banned over ‘misleading’ environmental claims The Advertising Standards Authority said Tesco had suggested buying Plant Chef burgers “would have a positive impact on the environment” by suggesting that customers could “do their part” for the environment by switching to plant-based burgers.

5) Three in four Londoners will never return to the office full-time The survey found that few agree with Boris Johnson’s criticism that working from home is inefficient because people “walk very slowly to the fridge, chop off a little piece of cheese” and forget what they were doing.

What happened overnight?

Hong Kong stocks started strong gains on Wednesday after a strong lead from Wall Street.

The Hang Seng index rose 1.2 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index added 0.1 pc, while the Shenzhen Composite Index rose 0.06 pc on China’s second exchange.

Tokyo stocks opened higher, with the benchmark Nikkei 225 index rising 0.6 percent.

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