Queen Elizabeth: UK Rail, Postal Service Suspends Strike

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British railway and postal workers, at the forefront of sector-wide strikes over a cost-of-living crisis, have halted upcoming walkouts following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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The Communication Workers Union had planned to continue a 48-hour stoppage Friday but it was called off “out of respect for” the queen, CWU general secretary Dave Ward said in a statement following the queen’s passing in Scotland on Thursday.

The Trades Union Congress said it had postponed its four-day annual conference due to have begun Sunday.

“The UK’s trade union movement sends our condolences to the Royal Family on the death of the Queen, and recognises her many years of dedicated service to the country,” the TUC added in a statement.

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The RMT rail union said it was suspending walkouts planned for next week and the TSSA transport union has called off its September strikes.

Tens of thousands of workers went on strike across Britain over the summer as decades-high inflation erodes earnings.

The walkouts have been spearheaded by the rail sector, which has carried out its biggest industrial action in 30 years.

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Some proposed non-rail strikes were halted after unions and companies agreed pay deals at the eleventh hour. But walkouts have still gone ahead by Amazon warehouse staff and criminal lawyers in recent weeks.

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