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When are the next train strike dates in July and August and will I be affected?

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 discourage further strikes, members of the Railway, Maritime and Transport Workers’ Union (RMT) have announced another strike move out on 27 . July.

Less than 48 hours later, train drivers’ union Aslef will go on strike over pay, while the 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.

Meanwhile, members of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) have also been supporting labor action in recent days in July.

Only one in ten trains could run during the July 30 Aslef strike, worse than one in five trains running during the three-day RMT action in June. It is the first nationwide strike since 1995.

The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), which represents workers at train stations and ticket offices, said workers in the Southeast will also be on strike over pay, job security and working conditions.

Strike plans were announced shortly after some Aslef union members voted to accept a 5 per cent salary offer plus bonuses from ScotRail, stopping the potential for strikes in Scotland.

Late July sees the end of ballots for strike action at Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry and Direct Rail Services.

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 on July 27 and 30 and other potential union strikes.

When will the next rail strike take place?

On Wednesday 13th July 2022 it was announced that Network Rail and RMT employees would be on strike for 24 hours on 27th July. On July 14, Aslef announced that on Saturday July 30, his train drivers would disembark and only allow one in ten trains to run.

Two more RMT strikes are scheduled to take place on August 18 and 20 in protest at job security, pay and working conditions.

Which railway operators are affected?

Arriva Rail London, Chiltern Railways, Greater Anglia, Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains will be affected by the July 30 Aslef strikes.

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 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.

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.

Will the subway be hit by more strikes?

The London Underground came to a 24-hour standstill on June 21, 2022 when RMT members decided to go on strike in a row over Transport for London cutting operating costs.

So far, the RMT has not announced another subway strike for this summer, but members renewed their strike mandate on June 24, meaning they have the right to strike again at a date set by the national union executive

RMT leader Mick Lynch said: “Transport for London and the Mayor of London need to seriously reconsider their plans for hundreds of job cuts and the attempt to give hard-earned pensions to workers who serve the people of London every day.”

Meanwhile, the Central, Jubilee, Northern and Victoria lines continue to be affected by overnight promotions every Friday and Saturday through December 6th.

What are workers striking for?

The Aslef strikes are all about pay. Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, 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 August RMT strikes (and the July 27 rail strike) are the latest in the union’s dispute over job security, pay and working conditions. 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 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.”

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.

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Russell Falcon

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