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Train Strikes 2023: Dates For January And Other Details

Railway workers are gearing up to take part in a series of 48-hour strikes that are slated to happen in December and January. The strike comes in response to the long-running debate over jobs, pay, and conditions in London.

Here is everything you need to know.

Rail strike dates: January 2023 dates

The Rail, Maritime, and Transport Union (RMT) recently confirmed that they will take industrial action by staging a series of 48-hour strikes.

According to The Evening Standard, over 40,000 members from Network Rail and 14 other companies will take part in the strikes.

Moreover, reports claim that there will be four 48-hour periods of strike occurring between December and January, which is most likely to affect Christmas travel.

Meanwhile, it is announced that the strikes are scheduled to happen on 13, 14, 16, and 17 in December. In January, the walk-outs will take place on the 3, 4, 6 and end on the 7.

Why are railway workers going on a strike?

While different transport unions are planning to strike for many reasons, the common issue is related to pay.

According to a report, ASLEF union members are striking due to the pay cut they have experienced in the past three years due to inflation and rising living costs.

Meanwhile, the RMT is planning to walk out following an ongoing debate over working conditions, job security, and pay. 

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said, ‘This latest round of strikes will show how important our members are to the running of this country and will send a clear message that we want a good deal on job security, pay, and conditions for our people.’

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He added, ‘we are sorry to inconvenience you, but we urge you to direct your anger and frustration at the government and railway employers during this latest phase of action.’

Moreover, the members of Unite have claimed that there had not been an increase in their pay in the last three years.

The TSSA (Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association) on the other hand stated they are yet to receive assurances for job security and working practices.

Which train companies’ workers are striking in December?

Railway workers from 14 train companies including Network Rail will participate in the 48-hour four-period strikes that are scheduled to take place between December and January. They are:

  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country Trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • LNER
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Great Western Railway
  • Northern Trains
  • South Eastern
  • South Western Railway
  • Transpennine Express
  • Avanti West Coast
  • West Midlands Trains
  • GTR (including Gatwick Express)

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