Strikes that have disrupted rail services across the country are not just about pay, a Lichfield councillor has said.
The first of three national days of union action is taking place today (21st June).
It has seen cancellations and severely reduced services operating on the West Coast Main Line and the Cross City Line in and out of Lichfield.
Cllr Dave Robertson, Labour representative for Curborough ward at Lichfield District Council, said the issues were not solely about pay.
“I wonder how many people speaking about the rail strike have actually spoken to staff at stations? I have, because I went down to speak to them this morning.
“This isn’t just about pay – it’s also about being able to retire with a pension that supports a decent quality of life.
“But the people I spoke to are most concerned about job cuts making us all less safe.”Cllr Dave Robertson, Lichfield District Council
Cllr Robertson said staffing levels were key to ensuring people were safe at local stations and on services.
“In the last two weeks, one person I spoke to has saved a life by preventing a suicide at Lichfield Trent Valley – the same person has stopped three attempted suicides in 2022 alone.
“Another had supported someone having a panic attack after missing a train.
“Fewer staff on stations means fewer eyes spotting potential safety problems before they hurt someone.
“This is not just about pay.”Cllr Dave Robertson, Lichfield District Council
Further strikes are also scheduled for 23rd and 25th June, but passengers are also being warned of disruption on other days this week as a result of knock-on effects from the industrial action.