Conservative MPs have been sharing false information about the average salary of rail workers currently on strike over pay.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps and Conservative MPs Nick Fletcher, Jonathan Gullis and Chris Philp have all claimed the average rail worker earns £44,000 per year, but independent fact checking organisation Full Fact says it’s not true.
Government critics of the strike have used the figure to suggest it would be unfair for railway workers to be given a pay rise by suggesting they earn more than nurses.
Over 40,000 RMT members are currently taking part in their second of three days of planned strike action, making it the biggest rail strike in 30 years.
The union says its members working for National Rail and Transport for London haven’t been given a pay rise for two or three years, despite inflation reaching 9.1 per cent in May.
“The average train driver earns £59,000, the average rail worker earns £44,000, the average nurse, £31,000,” tweeted Shapps.