When are they and what are the disputes about?

Lady appears to be like at practice departures board

Strikes have disrupted the UK railways all through the summer time and extra are deliberate to go forward as a part of an ongoing dispute about pay and situations.

1000’s of employees walked out on three days in June, inflicting delays and canceled journeys for thousands and thousands of passengers. Additional strikes will happen in July and August.

When are the subsequent practice strikes?

Wednesday 27 July:

Greater than 40,000 railway employees who’re members of the RMT Union are to stage a one-day strike on Wednesday as a part of an ongoing dispute over pay, jobs and situations.

The walk-out coincides with the Commonwealth Video games, that are being held in Birmingham, and the Uefa Ladies’s Euro semi-finals. Round 20% of providers will run however some components of the nation can have no trains.

Community Rail has printed a particular timetable, with trains set to begin later and end a lot sooner than typical.

All practice operators might be affected because the strike additionally entails Community Rail employees however the practice working corporations instantly concerned within the dispute are:

  • Avanti West Coast

  • C2C

  • Childn Railways

  • Cross Nation Trains

  • East Midlands Railway

  • Gatwick Categorical

  • Nice Western Railway

  • Higher Anglia

  • LNER

  • Northern Trains

  • Southeastern

  • South Western Railway

  • Southern

  • Thameslink

  • West Midlands Trains

Saturday 30 July:

About 5,500 practice drivers at seven rail corporations will strike. This additionally comes in the course of the Commonwealth Video games and is the primary day of the English Soccer League season.

  • Arriva Rail London

  • Nice Western

  • LNER

  • Higher Anglia

  • Southeastern

  • Hull Trains

  • West Midlands Trains

Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August:

RMT members, together with everybody from guards and signallers to catering employees and cleaners, will go on strike.

  • Avanti West Coast

  • C2C

  • Childn Railways

  • Cross Nation Trains

  • East Midlands Railway

  • Gatwick Categorical

  • Nice Western Railway

  • Higher Anglia

  • LNER

  • Northern Trains

  • Southeastern

  • South Western Railway

  • Southern

  • Thameslink

  • West Midlands Trains

One other union, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Affiliation (TSSA), has additionally voted in favor of strike motion, however has but to call dates for strikes.

By regulation, unions should give 14 days’ discover of a strike happening.

In Scotland, Aslef accepted a pay improve supplied by ScotRail, following weeks of disruption brought on by industrial motion.

When the RMT held strikes in June, it affected journey throughout England, Scotland and Wales as a result of the economic motion concerned Community Rail, which is liable for sustaining the railway community all through Britain. Solely about 20% of trains ran throughout strike days.

Chart showing the different reasons for rail travel

Chart exhibiting the totally different causes for rail journey

What’s the dispute about?

The unions are in dispute with the federal government and rail corporations over pay, job cuts and adjustments to phrases and situations.

Aslef says drivers want a pay rise, saying the rising value of dwelling means its members have successfully had a pay lower lately.

Community Rail says its newest provide is value greater than 5%, however that it is determined by employees accepting “modernising reforms”. Nonetheless, the RMT says it is a “paltry sum” and represents “an actual phrases pay lower”.

The RMT stated one other situation was plans by Community Rail to chop 2,500 upkeep jobs, as the corporate tries to save lots of £2bn over the subsequent two years. The union insists these jobs are safety-critical.

Community Rail says there could be not more than 2,000 job losses – and that each one redundancies could be voluntary. It says it could not take into account any adjustments that might make the railways much less protected, however stresses modernization is required.

The TSSA can be demanding a pay rise which displays the rising value of dwelling, in addition to a assure of no obligatory redundancies and no unagreed adjustments to phrases and situations.

Chart showing average salaries of rail workers in 2011 and 2021

Chart exhibiting common salaries of rail employees in 2011 and 2021

The federal government says the railway system wants modernization and must be financially sustainable for the long run. It says £16bn of taxpayers’ cash was used to help the railways in the course of the Covid pandemic. Nonetheless, with passenger numbers nonetheless down by one-fifth, it says adjustments are wanted.

Can I get a refund if there is a strike?

Through the RMT strikes in June, Nationwide Rail printed steering protecting totally different situations and ticket varieties.

In case your practice is cancelled, delayed or rescheduled, Nationwide Rail says you might be entitled to a refund from the retailer the place to procure the ticket.

Season ticket holders who select to not journey on strike days can declare compensation for these days.