Unfortunately, the chaos of the train and subway strikes is not over yet, further industrial action is planned for August.
The Rail, Shipping and Transport Workers’ Union (RMT) has announced two more days of strikes for August 18 and 20, affecting 14 train operators and Network Rail and involving 40,000 workers.
Despite being offered a 5 per cent pay rise, heavily discounted train travel for family members and cash bonuses of up to £900 each to prevent further strikes, members of the RMT will continue to disrupt the service and left on July 27.
Less than 48 hours later, the Aslef train drivers’ union went on strike over pay.
Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), which represents station and ticket offices, also supported industrial action, with South East workers striking over pay, job security and working conditions.
Additionally, strike ballots at Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry and Direct Rail Services will soon be closed.
Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said: “We do not want to go on strike – strikes are the result of failed negotiations – and this union has only ever gone on strike since I was elected GS in 2011, until for a few days this year.
“But we have been pushed into this position by the train companies, spurred on by the Tory Government. Drivers at the companies where we are on strike have seen a real pay cut in the last three years – since April 2019.”
Here’s what you need to know about the RMT and Aslef strikes and other potential union strikes.
On which days do train and subway strikes take place?
- Saturday, 13.8
- Thursday, 08/18
- Friday 19 August (tube strike)
- Saturday, August 20th
Which railway operators are affected?
The August RMT rail strikes will affect Network Rail as well as the following operators: Chiltern Railways, Cross Country Trains, Greater Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Great Western Railway, Northern Trains, South Eastern, South Western Railway Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Trains and GTR (including Gatwick Express).
The TSSA is also currently electing members of West Midlands Trains, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia and TransPennine Express for industrial action.
Southeastern, which is wholly owned by the Department for Transport (DfT) and operates rail services between London and Kent and parts of East Sussex, will also be affected by the TSSA strikes. Stations that may be affected include London St Pancras, Victoria, Charing Cross and Cannon Street, as well as Dover Priory, Ramsgate, Ashford International, Dartford and Sevenoaks.
Is there a subway strike?
The RMT has announced another subway strike for August 19th.
RMT leader Mick Lynch said: “Our members will picket again in this important dispute over pensions, jobs and working conditions.
“They got mixed up by Transport for London and Mayor Sadiq Khan. If there can be no assurances about jobs, pensions and adverse changes in working conditions, our strike will continue on August 19.”
Meanwhile, the Central, Jubilee, Northern and Victoria lines continue to be affected by overnight promotions every Friday and Saturday through December 6th.
The London Underground came to a 24-hour standstill on June 21 as RMT members decided to take turns on strike over TfL cutting operating costs.
What are workers striking for?
The Aslef strikes are all about pay. Mr Whelan argues that members have not received a pay rise since 2019.
“We want an increase consistent with the cost of living – we want to be able to buy in 2022 what we could buy in 2021 – for the members – who, you will recall, were the people key workers and moving goods around the country during the pandemic “, he said.
The RMT strikes in August (and the July 27 rail strike) are the latest in the union’s dispute over job security, pay and working conditions. Mr Lynch said: “The rail industry and government need to understand that this dispute is not going to just 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 around maintenance. And the railway companies didn’t even make us a salary offer in the last negotiations.
“We remain open to talks, but we will continue our campaign until we reach a negotiated settlement.”
The August subway strike stems from an ongoing dispute over pensions and jobs. The RMT said this call for action was “prompted by TfL’s refusal to share the details of a draft government proposal they have received to fund the capital’s transport system”.
Meanwhile, TSSA members are protesting wages, jobs and working conditions.
“If ministers were reasonable, they would come together and sort this out so we have a fair solution for workers who have been hailed as heroes in the pandemic,” said TSSA Secretary General Manuel Cortes.
Can I get a refund or travel on another train if my train is cancelled?
According to the consumer organization Which? The procedure differs depending on which rail company someone is traveling with, and during a rail strike customers can “only claim compensation for a delay based on the replacement or emergency timetable for train or replacement buses”.
What is the federal government doing about it?
The government has already threatened new minimum service requirements that would require a certain number of trains to run during a strike. However, ministers have warned that drafting the new laws could take months.
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary who has dropped out of the race for the next Tory leader, was quick to condemn the strikes.
“With a salary approaching £60,000 it’s not fair for train drivers to hurt those on lower wages with more strikes,” he wrote on Twitter.
This article will be updated with the latest information.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/08/04/train-strike-dates-august-when-next-rail-tube-services-lines-affected/ Full list of rail and Tube details for August