For the second time in a week, the rail network has again been brought to a standstill today by the biggest industrial action in decades.
As passengers face more travel chaos, the Government is fighting back against unions. It will today unveil plans to change the law to allow businesses to use skilled agency workers to cover striking staff.
Whitehall sources said the legislation, which is expected to be in place by the autumn, will allow supply teachers to keep schools open after the UK’s largest teaching union threatened to ballot for a strike.
The Education Secretary today warns that a teachers’ strike would be "unforgivable" in the wake of Covid. Read Nadhim Zahawi’s article for The Telegraph in which he argues that young people have already suffered "more disruption than any generation that’s gone before them".
On the railways, commuters were warned to avoid using trains today and on Saturday amid walkouts by the RMT union. Only around one in five trains will run today.
Use our interactive tool to check if they are running from your station. And rail chiefs are braced for a fresh wave of strikes in just two weeks after talks to reach a deal with unions failed.