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The strike was called off after the Queen’s death


Some of the biggest strikes in Britain were called off after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Unions representing Royal Mail postal workers and railway staff said “out of respect for her service to the country and her family” they had decided to call off the strike immediately.

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96 after a 70-year reign.

A planned strike by postal workers on Friday 9 September and a walkout by RMT rail workers on 15 and 17 September have been suspended.

The drivers’ union Aslef also postponed a strike planned for September 15.

Rail Delivery Group said now that there will be no strikes, train timetables will be normal.

A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators, said it welcomed the RMT’s decision to call off next week’s strike amid “national mourning”.

“The entire railway family joins together in offering our condolences to the Royal Family,” the spokesman said.

Network Rail has confirmed that trains will run as normal next week.

It will also review and scale back any engineering work planned for the weekend that falls within the “commissioning period”. The works could be delayed if they prevent people from traveling to London to pay their respects.

The RMT union intends to postpone the strikes but has not yet decided when. He will have to give two weeks’ notice of any action, as will Aslef’s union.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said his union joined “the whole nation in paying respects” to Queen Elizabeth.

“We extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends and country,” he added.

The drivers union Aslef said: “In light of the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Aslef is postponing the protests until 15 September. Our deepest condolences to her family, friends and country.”

Rail union TSSA also canceled industrial action planned for September and said it would “respect the period of public mourning”.

The Trades Union Congress has said it will postpone its annual convention until this autumn following the Queen’s death.

A spokesman said it was “in respect” and in recognition of “her many years of dedicated service to the country”.

Staff at the CWU, which represents postal workers, went on strike on Thursday. But the union canceled a planned walkout for Friday after the Queen’s death was announced.

CWU general secretary Dave Ward said the action was called off “following the very sad news of the Queen’s death and out of respect for her service to the country and her family”.

Workers across industries, including BT call center staff, Openreach engineers, rail workers and lawyers, have walked out in recent weeks in a pay dispute as wages fail to keep pace with skyrocketing prices.

The Criminal Bar Association said the bar demonstrations planned for next week had been canceled “out of respect”.

But he added that there had been “no movement” from the government, so the industrial action would continue.

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