What dates in June and July are they and will I be affected?

Rail union TSSA has announced it will elect thousands of Network Rail workers on strikes that could start around the time of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in July.

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”. The Rail, Shipping and Transport Union announced it would organize a separate strike on the railways and London Underground in June.

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.

TSSA Secretary General Manuel Cortes said: “We could see a summer of dissatisfaction on our railroads if Network Rail sees no point in coming to the table to address the concerns of its employees.

“Fat Cat bosses have so far rejected these perfectly reasonable motions, leaving us no choice but to vote for industrial action, which is always the last resort.”

When do the strikes take place?

The strike is due to start on Tuesday 21 June, with up to 50,000 railway workers on strike and Network Rail and London Underground services said to be affected.

According to the RMT union, up to 40,000 railway workers will then go on strike again on Thursday, June 23 and Saturday, June 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.

The TSSA union is electing workers later this month for strike action which could start on Monday 25 July.

Which railway operators are affected?

Only a fifth of long-distance services are expected to be operational during the three-day strike period in June. The disturbed train connections are:

Chiltern Railway

intercity trains

Greater Anglia


  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Northern Trains
  • southeast
  • Südwestbahn
  • Great Western Railway
  • TransPennine Express
  • Avanti West Coast
  • West Midlands trains

TSSA’s potential action with Network Rail would have a broader impact on services. It has members in engineering, maintenance, supervision, control and management.

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 pay freezes for years.

TSSA is demanding no redundancies for 2022, no changes to terms and conditions unless agreed with employees, and wage increases that keep pace with inflation.

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.” What dates in June and July are they and will I be affected?

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