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Mr Raab referred to the ongoing rail strikes which have disrupted travel across the country this week. The Deputy Prime Minister went on to say that if the RMT union’s demands for a 7% pay rise were met, it would have a ripple effect of hurting the lowest paid worker in the UK. The UK economy is currently facing a spike in inflation of 9.1%, the highest rate in 40 years, and this has worsened the cost of living crisis. Mr Raab discussed a way to tackle the crisis by offering government support programs to those most in need.

Mr Raab told BBC Breakfast: “No, one of the things that will make inflation go up and keep it going for longer and it’s predicted to come back down next year is if we don’t have no wage moderation.

“Because I understand why the unions feel they should fight for their workers’ corner, the risk is, for example, that we see RMT succeed in its demand for a 7% increase in the wages of railway workers, instead of the 3% offered by Network Rail, which will maintain inflation or stimulate inflationary pressures.

“Which will keep it higher for longer, and it will only hurt the lowest paid and most vulnerable people in our communities even more.

“So we need to do those two things, a support package for the most vulnerable, but make sure you don’t fuel a vicious circle of inflation.”

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Mr Raab shared a similar sentiment to other Tory ministers who have been unwilling to accept demands from RMT union boss Mick Lynch.

The fear is also that other unions in the UK will start demanding similar pay rises through disruptive means of protest.

RMT union boss Mick Lynch called for a meeting with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps but his calls fell on deaf ears as no meeting was agreed.

Many workers in the UK are looking for a pay rise due to the current cost of living crisis in the UK which has seen the cost of living rise but wages remain the same so more than people are feeling the pinch more than ever.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has also pledged to legalize agency staff, to prevent future strikes from causing further travel problems across the country.

Mr Shapps told LBC radio: “We are going to change the law to ensure there can be a lot more flexibility, the law sometimes called agency is actually more about portability.

“This type of modernization can be achieved, if we cannot get it agreed with the unions, by changing the law.

“And we will change the law quickly in a month or two to ensure transferable skills are allowed.”