NETWORK Rail and 14 rail companies will go on strike in August over ongoing pay disputes.
But when do they strike? And which tube services in the UK and London will be affected? Here’s everything you need to know.
What are the rail strike dates?
The RMT union, which was responsible for the strikes earlier this year, has again decided to take action over wage disputes.
Industrial action will take place on August 18, 2022 and August 20, 2022 – after the July 27 and July 30 strikes.
Around 40,000 rail workers are expected to join these strikes, including National Rail, affecting travel across the country.
RMT Secretary General Mick Lynch said: “The rail industry and government need to understand that this dispute is not going to go away.
“They must seriously make a salary offer that will help address the cost of living crisis, provide job security for our members and provide good working conditions.
“Network Rail’s recent proposals have fallen far short of expectations when it comes to pay and safety during maintenance.
“And the railway companies didn’t even make us a salary offer in the last negotiations.”
In addition, members of the Aslef union from eight railway companies voted overwhelmingly to go on strike over pay.
The train drivers voted around nine to one for point strikes of over 85 percent.
Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said they were forced into action as they had not received a pay rise since 2019.
He added: “We want an increase in line with the cost of living.
“We want to be able to buy in 2022 what we were able to buy in 2021.”
The Department for Transport has urged the union to reconsider – and says drivers typically earn around £60,000 a year.
When will the rail strikes end?
Currently, the final strikes are scheduled for August 20, but more could be added.
After the mass strike in June, rail strikes were an ongoing issue.
Network Rail Chief Executive Andrew Haines said: “By announcing even more strike dates, the RMT has dropped any pretense that this is a deal.”
Which railway lines are affected by the strike?
The RMT strike companies are:
- network rail
- Chiltern Railway
- intercity trains
- Greater Anglia
- East Midlands Railway
- Great Western Railway
- Northern Trains
- Transpennine Express
- Avanti West Coast
- West Midlands trains
The rail network saw widespread disruption in June 2022 after 40,000 RMT union members went on strike at 13 rail companies and Network Rail.
Will there be more rail strikes in 2022?
Separately, the TSSA union, which represents ticket office and train station workers, said more than 70 percent of its southeastern members have also supported strikes.
It is not yet known when the strikes will take place, but unions are required to give two weeks’ notice.
Talks between the RMT and Network Rail have resumed after strikes in June 2022 wreaked havoc among commuters.
Mick Lynch, boss of the RMT union, which is leading train strikes this month, says his union’s action will continue “until we reach an agreement”.
He also warned that the UK could be hit by a wave of strikes in “all sectors of the economy”.
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