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‘Britain runs into the buffers’: what the papers say about the rail strikes

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The prospect of midsummer misery as Britain grinds to a halt amid a paralysing series of rail strikes is the main story for most of the papers on Tuesday.“Britain runs into the buffers”, says the splash headline in the Times, which reports that although the strikes are planned for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, they are likely to cause disruptions for the whole week thanks to timetable disruptions.The Guardian’s lead story is headlined “PM inflames rail dispute with strike-breaker threat” with a report that Boris Johnson is preparing to line up temporary agency workers to use as strike breakers.Along with the other titles, the paper also reports on Johnson’s comments that public sector workers should exercise restraint in their pay demands in order to keep inflation down, contradicting what he said earlier in the year about wanting a “high wage economy”.The Telegraph treats this angle a bit differently in its lead story, which has the headline “PM: Unions harming those they are meant to help”.<p lang=«en» dir=«ltr» xml:lang=«en»>

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