UK rail fare rise ‘will force key workers to quit city jobs’

Cost of commuting unfairly penalises public sector staff and part-time workers, warns union

Plans to hit rail commuters with the biggest fare rises in five years will force many key workers, including nurses and teaching assistants, to quit their jobs, the biggest public-sector union Unison warned on Saturday.

Anger at the 3.6% increase to regulated fares, including commuter fares and season tickets, spilled over last week after it was revealed that the rises would come into effect in January.

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