Tens of thousands of rail and tube workers are expected to be out of work later this month in what has been described as the “biggest outbreak of industrial action in Britain since 1989”.
Union bosses are threatening to “shut down the system”, with major disruptions to rail services and the London Underground expected, affecting events such as the Glastonbury Festival and the British Athletics Championships.
When do the strikes take place?
The strike is due to start on June 21, with up to 50,000 railway workers expected to go on strike and affecting Network Rail and London Underground services.
According to the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, up to 40,000 rail workers will go on strike again on June 23-25.
Union bosses, however, said the action would affect rail transport “for the entire week in which the three days of action were declared”. This is because trains may not be at the correct stations after the walk-outs have taken place.
Which railway operators are affected?
Only a fifth of long-distance rail services are expected to be operational during the three-day strike period. The disturbed train connections are:
- Chiltern Railway
- intercity trains
- Greater Anglia
- East Midlands Railway
- Northern Trains
- Great Western Railway
- TransPennine Express
- Avanti West Coast
- West Midlands trains
What are workers striking for?
Rail workers have voted to strike after a dispute with Network Rail over wage freezes and proposed job cuts. RMT claims up to 2,500 jobs are at risk and workers have faced years of wage freezes.
RMT Secretary General Mike Lynch said: “We have a cost of living crisis and it is unacceptable for rail workers to either lose their jobs or face another year of wage freezes.”
National Rail has responded by saying that the union “must recognize that we are a public body and any wage increase must be affordable for the taxpayer”.
Chief Executive Andrew Haines said: “We cannot expect to take more than our fair share of public funds and as such we need to modernize our industry to put it on a sound financial footing for the future with more job losses in the long term.”
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