Bizarre exchange in BBC Question Time compares striking railway workers to dinosaurs
The BBC’s flagship political program understandably broached the question of whether or not railway workers should strike in the UK, but one member of the public left viewers scratching their heads following an exchange in which she explained why she did not support the strike.
Addressing RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch, an audience member said: ‘Businesses have to change, they have to adapt, it’s a fundamental in business’, ‘You absolutely have to change with what you live economically.”
Asked by host Fiona Bruce “Do you think the RMT [Union] taking the wrong approach? the viewer replied, “Yes!” And look what happened to the dinosaurs,”
Quickly picking up laughter from the audience, Mick Lynch replied, “Well, they’ve been around for a really long time.”
The bizarre exchange has been viewed more than 1.4 million times on social media.
Social media was abuzz with comments after the swap, with one user writing: ‘Does she think they should have negotiated with the meteor’
Another wrote: ‘If only the dinosaurs hadn’t unionized they could have lasted over 165 million years’
In a separate clash, Tory MP Rachel Maclean backtracked on her point after Mick Lynch said: ‘Companies told me… they could get a mandatory no layoff guarantee.’
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The MP asked why the unions would not negotiate on this basis before reading a letter which said ‘no organization can give this guarantee’, referring to compulsory redundancies.
A new alert has been issued to train passengers amid fears that many are reluctant to abandon leisure trips planned for Saturday despite another rail strike underway.
Only a fifth of services will operate and half of lines will be closed as 40,000 members of Network Rail’s Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and 13 rail operators walk out for the third day this week.
Operators tell passengers they should “only travel by train if necessary” and should check their journey in advance.
Many seaside resorts will have no service on Saturday, including Bournemouth, Dorset; Blackpool, Lancashire; Margate, Kent; Llandudno, North Wales; and Skegness, Lincolnshire.
Cornwall will also have no trains.