Train strikes August 2022: dates for rail strikes next month

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has accused the unions of wanting to “cause misery” with the strike action

The UK will be hit by widespread travel disruptions this August after unions confirmed two days of train strikes.

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The planned industrial action will see over 40,000 workers on strike, eliminating four out of five train services.

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Rail transport has been rocked by a series of strikes over a dispute over wage increases, working conditions and employee safety.

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The train crew has already disembarked on three days in June and two days in July.

The latest planned action comes after unions and Network Rail failed to reach an agreement.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has accused unions of “intending to cause misery to the traveling public”.

While RMT union leader Mick Lynch said “this dispute is not just going to go away”.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the August rail strikes.

When are the rail strikes in August?

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The next rail strikes will take place on Thursday 18 August and Saturday 20 August.

RMT supporters protest outside Network Rail offices in Glasgow on 27 July 2022 (Image: Getty Images)

The strikes, organized by RMT Union, will see over 40,000 workers leave in protest over wages, working conditions and job security.

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Only one in five services will operate, with travelers being told to “only travel by train if absolutely necessary”.

Which railway companies are on strike?

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A total of 14 railway companies are affected by the strike.

A placard salutes commuter protesters from the Bristol-based More Train Less Strain passenger group.

It is expected that 40,000 workers will be evacuated during the two days scheduled in August.

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Here is a full list of all affected rail companies the RMT:

  • Chiltern Railway
  • intercity trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • LNER
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Great Western Railway
  • Northern Trains
  • southeast
  • Südwestbahn
  • TransPennine Express
  • Avanti West Coast
  • West Midlands trains
  • GTR including Gatwick Express

When is the London Underground strike in August?

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London Underground workers have confirmed they will stage a Tube strike on August 19.

RMT said the planned tube strike was due to Transport for London’s (TfL) “refusal” to share details of a draft government proposal.

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The union have given TfL until August 2 to give pledges to stop the strike.

In a statement, RMT leader Mick Lynch said: “Transport for London and the Mayor of London need to seriously reconsider their plans for hundreds of job cuts and seek to take hard-earned pensions from workers who serve the people of London every day. ”

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Which services are affected?

It is expected that four out of five train connections of the affected railway companies will be cancelled.

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Travelers are asked to “only travel by train in an absolute emergency”.

What did the RMT say?

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In a statement, RMT Secretary General Mick Lynch said: “The rail industry and government must understand that this dispute will not simply go away.

“They must seriously make a salary offer that will help address the cost of living crisis, provide job security for our members and provide good working conditions.

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“Network Rail’s recent proposals have fallen far short on pay and safety around maintenance.

“And the EVU didn’t even make us a salary offer in the last negotiations.

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“Now Grant Shapps has given up his desperate hopes of the PM job, he can now go back to his main job and help clean up this mess.

“We remain open to talks, but we will continue our campaign until we reach a negotiated settlement.”

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What did the government say?

In a statement, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps accused the RMT of planning strikes to “cause further chaos”.

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He said the union was “intent on bringing further misery to people across the country.”

Adding: “The industry is already alive and by insisting on working against their employers rather than with them, the RMT risks pulling the plug forever.”

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