Following the actions taken on Saturday, which brought to a halt several services, additional train strikes are scheduled to take place this week.
As a result of unions being involved in protracted conflicts with Network Rail over pay and working conditions, there has been widespread disruption to rail travel over the whole summer.
Union officials have referred to the salary offers made by Network Rail as “paltry,” and they are requesting raises that are on par with inflation in light of the recent spike in the cost of living.
The following is important information on the walkouts that occurred this week.
When exactly will there be a strike on the trains this week?
Both Thursday, August 18, and Saturday, August 20, will see members of the Rail, Maritime, and Transport (RMT) union walk off the job in protest.
It is anticipated that 40,000 workers will participate in these significant walkouts; around 20,000 of these workers will come from Network Rail, which includes workers in signaling and track maintenance; the other workers will come from 14 train operating firms.
Because of this, it is anticipated that the level of disruption will be comparable to the crippling walkouts that took place in June, which involved 13 operators.
The following businesses are those that are involved:
Cross-Country Railways of the Chilterns
The Greater Anglia region
c2c service on the East Midlands Railway
Great Western Railway & Canal Company
Trains Serving the North
To the south and east
Railroad of the South Western States
TransPennine Express Avanti Coast to the West
Trains serving the West Midlands
GTR (including Gatwick Express)
The London Overground Railway
Great Western Railway & Canal Company
The Hull Trains
The London, North Western, and Scottish Railway
Which parts of the region are going to be impacted?
It is anticipated that the strikes will result in disruptions across the entire country.
It is possible that football fans, particularly those who attend Premier League games, would be impacted by this.
The strike days’ timetable has been posted by Network Rail, and its journey planner can be accessed here so you may check on your travel plans.
If you have a ticket for travel on a day when there is a strike, you can use it the day before the date on the ticket or on either of the two days after the date on the ticket.
You have the right to request a change or a refund from the original retailer from whom you purchased your ticket in the event that your service has been cancelled, postponed, or rescheduled.
When will the strike on the Tube begin?
On Friday, August 19, the employees of the London Underground are planning to go on strike for the full 24 hours.
On the same day, workers employed by Arriva Rail London who are employed by the Overground will organize a separate walkout.
The strike, which is expected to extend all day and involve approximately 10,000 workers from the Tube and 400 workers from the Overground, is expected to cause substantial disruption for commuters.
On Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th of August, there will be a bus strike that will mostly impact west London. This strike will cause significant disruption in the metropolis.
More than 1,600 drivers at the Fulwell, Hounslow, and Hounslow Heath terminals, as well as those at Park Royal, Shepherd’s Bush, Stamford Brook, and Tolworth, are planning to strike.
The following pathways will be impacted as a result of that action:
Hounslow Routes 33, 65, 71, 85, 281, 290, 371, 481, 671, 681, K3, N33, and N65, as well as Routes 33, 65, and 71, respectively
Hounslow Heath is accessible via the following routes: 110, 111, 117, 203, 419, E1, H22, H32, H37, and H98.
Park Royal routes 105, 116, 216, 400, 411, 423, 635, 663, 696, and 697, as well as KU1, KU2, and KU3
Routes 18, 220, 223, 224, 258, 266, 440, N18, and N266 are all included in this list.
Shepherd’s Bush in London
Stamford Brook Routes 49, 70, 72, 94, 148, and C1 in addition to Route N72
Tolworth is served by Routes 9, 211, 272, 283, E3, and N9 Tolworth.
Routes 265, 293, 404, 406, 418, 465, 467, 470, 613, 662, 665, K1, K2, K4, K5, and S3 in addition to Routes K1, K2, K4, and S3
Why are employees striking?
The heads of the unions have decided to turn down Network Rail’s “paltry” offer of a 4% wage increase this year, a further 2% increase the following year, and a further 2% increase contingent on completing “modernization milestones.”
Instead, they have asked for an increase that is in line with inflation, which is now hovering around ten percent.
Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT, stated that employees are “more motivated than ever” to see their demands met.
He asserted that Network Rail had “upped the ante” by threatening staff with compulsory redundancies and “had not made any progress” on their earlier wage offer. He also stated that Network Rail had “not made any improvement” on their pay offer.
“Network Rail are still aiming to make our members poorer when we have won in some cases double what they are providing, with other rail operators,” he continued. “This is despite the fact that we have won with other rail operators what they are offering.”
“The train operating firms are not budging from their stance, and they are refusing to make any fresh offer that addresses the issue of job security and salary.”
“Strike action is the only alternative open to us to make sure that both the train industry and the Government understands that this dispute will continue for as long as it takes, until we achieve a negotiated settlement,” said one of the striking workers. “We have no other option.”
Tim Shoveller, the chief negotiator for Network Rail, stated that the RMT had “walked away from ongoing and constructive talks” and that the union had made it “abundantly obvious that their political campaign is taking precedent over defending their members’ interests.”
Workers on the Overground line are striking over salary, and those on the Tube are planning to walk out in a dispute over pensions.