All train routes affected by the rail strike today and when the strikes will end

Union railroad workers are on strike for the third time in a week today (June 25) over wage, working conditions and job threat disputes that will again paralyze services across the country

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Rail strikes brought a third day of disruption this week as thousands of workers picket today (June 25) in the biggest industrial action in 30 years.

Strikes by train workers wreaked havoc on the services on Tuesday and Thursday and today disgruntled staff will continue to protest possible changes to pay, conditions and pensions and wreak havoc on the weekend service.

Most routes were canceled during the mid-week strikes, which is likely to be repeated during today’s industrial action.

Here’s a guide to which routes are likely to be affected and what’s needed to resolve the issues behind the union discontent.

Which trains are running today?

Due to further strikes by the union, only one in five church services is expected to take place on Saturday


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There will be a similar picture on the other strike days on Tuesday and Thursday.

About 20% of the services will be operational and only half of the lines will be open, only between 7:30am and 6:30pm.

The last trains are expected to depart much earlier than normal, with the last route from London Euston to Glasgow departing at 1.30pm on Thursday and London King’s Cross to Edinburgh at 2pm.

The move is part of a third strike by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) in less than seven days, which has seen union members at Network Rail and 13 train operators refuse to work.

Is there a chance that the strikes planned for today will be cancelled?

Negotiations were still ongoing as of Friday, but passengers are still being urged to check with train operators for service updates.

Last week’s strikes failed, and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was accused of “destroying” talks between the RMT and Network Rail over possible redundancies.

What does the RMT want?

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said his members want a pay rise that reflects inflationary pressures



Around 40,000 RMT members are on strike over a bitter dispute over wages, jobs and working conditions.

Members of the Aslef drivers’ union in Greater Anglia also dropped out in a separate pay dispute on Thursday.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said his union wanted guarantees against impending job losses and pay rises for employees.

Speaking to the BBC’s Question Time, he said employers had told unions they could not commit to redundancies but were not allowed by ministers to make the commitment public.

The RMT, which represents railroad workers ranging from catering staff to signallers, argues its staff who have been working during the pandemic are now facing sub-inflationary wage increases after years of the pay freeze.

The union wants a wage increase of at least 7% before inflation rises by 11% in the autumn. The RMT turned down an offer of 2%, with an additional 1% tied to the job cuts.

She is concerned about planned redundancies and changes in working conditions after the railways proposed efficiency gains in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, which has prompted more people to work from home.

The unions assume that up to 2,500 jobs could be at risk.

When will the rail strikes end?

There could be more strikes on the railways this summer



The summer of strikes could continue into July when another major transport union votes its members on possible industrial action.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) has announced that it will elect its Greater Anglia members in strike action and non-strike action over pay, working conditions and job security.

The union is demanding a guarantee of no redundancies for 2022, no irreconcilable changes in working conditions and a salary increase that takes into account the rising cost of living.

Voting starts on June 29, with the result expected in mid-July, so the earliest date for strike action could be July 27.

The TSSA also selects its members in Network Rail, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, West Midlands Trains, Avanti West Coast, Northern, LNER, C2C, Great Western Railway (GWR) and TransPennine Express.

London Underground workers, who are RMT members, have also agreed to strike again following their picket demonstrations on Tuesday, with a date yet to be set for future action.

Discussions with RMT in the state railway dispute have not yet led to a solution.

Ministers want to amend the law to allow companies to provide skilled agency workers to fill staffing shortages during industrial action, with changes potentially being prepared in time to deal with strikes next month.

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