British commuters and rail workers have protested the hike in rail fares as well as the government’s inaction on guaranteeing job security for railway guards
The rail workers were on strike as part of the ‘Keep the Guard on the Train’ campaign, in defense of train guard jobs, which are critically important for safety.
Unions and activist groups pointed out that the 3.1% hike was a natural outcome of the privatization of railways that was initiated in the late 90s. They called for the re-nationalization of the service
Recounting the history of Britain’s railway network from post second world war till date suggests re-nationalization is the only way forward