BBC Breakfast host took a hard line while questioning rail boss Steve Montgomery over “irresponsible” strikes.
The 60-year-old broadcaster was joined on the Beeb’s red sofa by regular co-host Naga Munchetty, 47, on Saturday morning.
The BBC presenters welcomed Steve Montgomery, the chair of the Rail Delivery Group, to the programme to discuss the ongoing train strikes.
Charlie took the lead in the interview, speaking to Steve one-on-one.
However, it wasn’t long before the broadcaster let his feelings be known, calling out the lack of action in the lead up to the strike.
“If I was one of the people who was being affected by the travel problems today, and I heard what I think you just said, which is that ‘we haven’t been able to talk to the unions, and today the strike is on,’ that sounds really irresponsible.”
He branded the Rail Delivery Group’s lack of action “really irresponsible,” before questioning the BBC guest.
“Why have you, the two sides, not been able to talk to try and preclude this strike situation?” he asked.
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The chair of the RDG responded: “We have been trying to talk. We had talked previously a number of months ago when obviously the pandemic was starting to turn, the industry was looking at reforms with the trade unions.”
“Clearly, the economic situation has changed, the trade unions position has meant that they’re,” he added before the BBC presenter quickly interjected.
“Sorry, I’m going to interrupt you, if I may. I know it’s difficult. I’m going to interrupt you,” Charlie said firmly.
“You say you tried to talk, many months ago you did talk, but what’s the problem here?
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“Presumably talks can be arranged. You can just decide to talk. Why not last week? Why not two weeks ago?”
He continued his line of questioning, pressing the RDG chair for answers.
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“Why are we sitting here saying you haven’t spoken to the unions for months?” Charlie enquired again.
Steve was left stunned for a moment before he responded to Charlie, but conceded that the situation needs to be improved because “we can’t keep doing this to the customers.”
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