It’s the second day of the biggest rail strike in a generation, after the latest talks failed to reach an agreement. There is no strike on the London Underground today.
Entire cities are now cut off from the train network as the strike shut down half of Britain’s rail lines.
Huge sections of Britain are off rail today and on Saturday as 40,000 RMT members leave over wages and jobs dispute.
Passengers are advised not to ride the trains as the entire network is paralyzed by the biggest strike in more than 30 years.
Tens of thousands of rail workers leave in what has been called “the biggest outbreak of strikes in the UK since 1989”. The trade union of railway workers, maritime and transport companies announced the organization of a separate strike on the railways.
Union bosses have said they will “turn the system off” and major disruptions are expected to affect events such as the Glastonbury Festival and the UK Athletics Championships.
When is the next train strike?
- Thursday, June 23
- Saturday 25 June
According to the RMT trade union, up to 40,000 railway workers will go on strike again on Thursday June 23rd and Saturday June 25th. The strike began on Tuesday, June 21, with up to 50,000 rail workers on strike, and Network Rail and London Underground services were affected.
However, the union bosses said the action was supposed to affect rail traffic “for the entire week that the three days of the action were announced”. This is due to the fact that trains may not be at the right stations after the strike.
Rail Workers Union The TSSA union is voting later this month for a Network Rail strike that could start on Monday, July 25, around the time of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
TSSA Secretary General Manuel Cortez said: “We could face dissatisfaction on our railroads this summer if Network Rail doesn’t see the point and sit down at the negotiating table to address their employees’ concerns.
“The fat cat bosses have so far refused these perfectly reasonable requests, leaving us with no choice but to vote to strike, which is always the last resort.”
Which rail operators will be affected?
Only a fifth of mainline rail lines are expected to operate during the three-day strike period in June. Railroad operators have published a revised schedule for the strike week. Train service interrupted:
- Chiltern Railways
- Cross country trains
- Great England
- East Midlands Railway
- northern trains
- South Western Railway
- Great Western Railway
- TransPennine Express
- Avanti West Coast
- Trains West Midlands
TSSA’s actions with Network Rail will have a broader impact on services. It includes members involved in design, maintenance, supervision, control and management.
Why are the workers on strike?
The railroad voted to strike after the Network Rail scandal over a wage freeze and a proposal to cut jobs. The RMT claims that up to 2,500 jobs are at risk and that workers have had their wages frozen for years.
TSSA is demanding no mandatory layoffs in 2022, no changes to terms and conditions unless agreed with staff, and wage increases in line with inflation.
RMT General Secretary Mike Lynch said of the action, “We’re in a cost of living crisis and it’s unacceptable for rail workers to either lose their jobs or face another year’s pay freeze.”
In response, National Rail said that the union “must recognize that we are a government agency and any pay increase should be available to taxpayers.”
Chief Executive Andrew Haynes said: “We cannot expect to receive more than our fair share of public funds and therefore we must modernize our industry to put it on a sound financial footing for the future. Failure to modernize will only lead to the decline of the industry and more job losses in the long run.”