Strikes cripple Britain’s railways, BA staff vote for walkout

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LONDON (Reuters) -Strikes crippled Britain’s rail network for the second day this week and staff at British Airways voted for a walkout on Thursday amid warnings the country was facing a summer of industrial discontent. A spike in the cost of food and fuel is pushing many household budgets to the brink, driving trade unions to demand higher pay increases for their members. The government has urged wage restraint to avoid an inflationary spiral. Britain’s rail network was brought close to a standstill when 40,000 workers went on strike following a similar walkout on Tuesday, as union leaders, t…

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