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Questions raised over impact of pandemic on transport union power

Travel Behaviour

Rhodri Clark
02 November 2021
An RMT picket in Carlisle, Cumbria
An RMT picket in Carlisle, Cumbria
 

Experts in employment relations have mixed opinions on whether the increase in home working has affected the bargaining power of trade unions in the passenger transport sector.

Bus and train passenger numbers remain well below their pre-pandemic levels. Reports that the rail industry is preparing for thousands of job losses, in response to reductions in farebox revenue, have prompted union leaders to threaten strike action. 

In recent weeks, union members have voted for strike action at a...

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