COMMUTERS are divided over strike action that has paralyzed the country’s rail network and suspended services across Sussex.
A commuter at Brighton station, self-employed electrician Paul Cogram, expressed his anger and frustration at the strike action as he waited for a train bound for London Victoria this morning.
“I think it’s a lot of crap. I had to come here from Worthing and then God knows when I’ll be home,” he said.
“That means I arrive later and start later. I work for myself, so today I make less money.
“I’m not getting paid more for less time, so why should they be getting paid more?”
However, a 27-year-old Sussex University student, who gave his name only as Fahad, who was also bound for London, said his journey was not badly impacted, but said he needed to get to the station early to ensure he got an appointment on time .
He said: “I had planned to stay in London for the day but now I have to come straight back.”
Despite the hiatus, he said he supports the strike action given the significant rise in inflation in recent months.
He said: “Professors at the university have been protesting about their salaries lately – I understand because prices are going up.”
Striking signalers at Network Rail have resulted in the Govia Thameslink Railway, which operates Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services, to focus on offering service only on the busiest main routes.
Angie Doll, GTR’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are extremely disappointed that passengers across the country are now facing fears of further rail disruption. Our focus remains on encouraging RMT to work with the industry to find a quick fix.”
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said union members were “more determined than ever to achieve a decent wage increase, job security and good working conditions”.
It is expected that there will be some disruption to service tomorrow as trains depart from 7am and run a Sunday service.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20581493.commuters-divided-strike-brighton-services-crippled/?ref=rss Commuters split over strikes in Brighton as services paralyzed