Train strikes are due to take place next week, causing misery to passengers.
More than 40,000 Network Rail (NR) and 14 railway company workers are set to strike in England over wages, jobs and working conditions.
Members of the Rail, Shipping and Transport Union (RMT) are set to disembark on Wednesday July 27, potentially shutting down rail services across the country.
The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) has also announced a strike by its members at Avanti West Coast for the same day.
NR pointed out that all train operators could be affected by the July 27 strike, whether or not they have an individual dispute with the RMT, as signalers control train movements across the country.
Companies affected by the RMT strikes are: Network Rail, South Eastern, GTR (including Gatwick Express), Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry Trains, Greater Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Great Western Railway, Northern Trains, South Western Railway , TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast and West Midlands trains.
- Will there be strikes on the London Underground?
Transport for London (TfL) said while the industrial action is not affecting its employees, it is experiencing varying degrees of disruption on the District and Bakerloo Tube lines, London Overground and the Elizabeth line, all of which share some sections of the route with Network Rail expect.
Customers are urged to do their research before travelling.
Passengers should also expect some disruption on the morning of July 28 as the service starts later as signals staff return to work.
- What are the strikes about?
NR initiates reforms. It comes as fewer passengers are traveling by train due to the pandemic, which has resulted in more people working from home.
They say a two-year, 8 percent deal with a no-dismissal guarantee and other benefits and extras was on the table, but the RMT walked out of the talks.
- Why is the union striking?
The RMT said there had been no change or improvement in salary offers received, and said threats of forced layoffs and an unsafe 50 percent cut in maintenance jobs had been addressed.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said driver-only operations and “scrutiny” of members’ terms and conditions had also been put on the table by train operators.
- Are breakthroughs in this dispute likely?
There is much bad blood as NR has accused the RMT of “stubbornness” and branded its action a “political campaign”, while the Department for Transport said the union was “hellbent on creating further misery for passengers across the UK”. .
It added that the railway industry needed to be modernized and brought into the 21st century for the benefit of passengers and staff.
Mr Lynch, in turn, said RMT members are “more determined than ever” to secure a decent pay rise, job security and good working conditions and they are not being harassed or coaxed.
He added that the government must stop meddling in the dispute so that the rail companies can come to a negotiated settlement.
- What impact will the strike have?
The strike will affect passengers traveling on holiday or attending events such as the women’s Euro 2022 semi-final in Milton Keynes on July 27 and the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham the following day.
NR understands a “very limited” timetable will be available across the country on strike day, with around 20 per cent of services operational and some parts of the country without rail service.
Special timetables are due to be released this Saturday, but trains will start later and end much earlier than usual. Passengers should expect disruption and only travel when necessary.
- Will there be more strikes after this week?
Aslef drivers’ union members at eight rail operators across the country will go on strike on July 30.
More RMT strikes are also planned for August 18th and 20th.
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