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Train strikes: when is today’s strike, when are October strikes and which lines are affected?

Railway unions are carrying out a series of train strikes, including one today that will affect the Conservative Party conference.

Aslef, who represents the train drivers, will strike again at 12 train operators today.

Rail chiefs have also been notified that “action short of a strike” — banning overtime or working off-hours, for example — is scheduled for today by the Transport Salried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), industry sources said.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) workers’ union held a strike on Saturday, October 1, and further action is planned for Saturday, October 8.

Union leaders had called off a truce with company bosses after canceling industrial action during the period of national mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

On which days do the train strikes take place?

Which train operators are affected?

Aslef members at 12 companies go on strike. They are:

  • Avanti west coast
  • Chiltern Railways
  • CrossCountry
  • Greater Anglia
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull Trains
  • LNER
  • London above ground
  • northern trains
  • Southeast
  • TransPennine Express
  • Trains in West Midlands

RMT members walk away on:

  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross-country trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • LNER
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull Trains
  • northern trains
  • South East
  • Southwestern
  • RailwayTranspennine Express
  • Avanti west coast
  • Trains in West Midlands
  • GTR (including Gatwick Express and Network Rail)

Network Rail employees will also go on strike on 8 October.

The TSSA has yet to confirm its strike action and which services will be affected.

What are employees striking for?

Aslef members walk out in a row only about wages.

General Secretary Mick Whelan said: “They are telling train drivers to take a real pay cut. Now inflation is now 12.3 pc. At – and reportedly getting higher – these companies say drivers should be willing to work just as hard, for just as long, but for significantly less.”

The situation is different for the RMT and the TSSA. There is a dispute over both wages and plans for major reforms in work practices.

Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT, said: “Transport workers will join a wave of strike action on October 1, sending a clear signal to the government and employers that working people will not accept continued attacks on wages and working conditions in a time when large companies make a profit. are at an all-time high.

“The Summer of Solidarity we’ve seen will continue into the fall and winter as employers and the government continue to deny reasonable demands from workers.

“We want a settlement for these disputes where our members and their families can make a deal. And we will not rest until we have achieved a satisfactory result.”

Will there be more Tube strikes in 2022?

More disruption to the London Underground is likely as a wage row between Transport for London (TfL) and RMT union continues.

The RMT warned on August 31 that more Tube strikes could take place as it complained that workers’ wages and pensions were at risk in a funding deal with the government to secure TfL’s operations through 2024.

Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT, said: “This deal negotiated in secret by TfL and government ministers is likely to lead in the future to an attack on our members’ pensions and further wage moderation, combined with trains without a driver.

“Grant Shapps attack on Tube workers would be unacceptable at any time, but in an escalating cost of living crisis it is embarrassing and will be resisted by further strike action.

“TfL must stand up to Grant Shapps and demand a deal that serves all London residents and takes away the real concerns of London transport workers who keep the capital running.”

Can I get a refund or travel on another service if my train is cancelled?

According to consumer group Which? the process differs depending on which train company someone travels with and customers can only claim compensation for a delay in the event of a train strike based on the replacement or emergency timetable for train or replacement bus services.

What is the government doing about it?

Talks between union leaders on the one hand and train companies and Network Rail stalled during the period of national mourning.

The government has already threatened new minimum service requirements that would require a certain number of trains to run during a strike. However, ministers have warned it could take months to draft the new laws.

Eleven unions have taken legal action for a judicial review of the plans.

Grant Shapps, the former transport secretary, has previously condemned the strikes.

“With a salary of almost £60,000, it is not fair for train drivers to hurt those with lower wages with more strikes,” he wrote on Twitter.

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