Train strikes this week: when rail strikes in July 2022?

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said in a statement that “this dispute is not going to just go away”.

The UK is facing widespread travel disruption today (27 July) as the summer’s first train strike causes services to grind to a halt.

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The latest rail strike will see 40,000 workers on strike, affecting 14 rail companies.

The latest strike in June was the UK’s biggest in 30 years.

Travelers have been told to “only travel by train if absolutely necessary” as planned strikes result in reduced services across the country.

Here’s everything you need to know about this week’s train strikes.

When are the rail strikes in July?

The July train strikes will take place on Wednesday 27th July and Saturday 30th July.

Network Rail and RMT employees are leaving the company today over pay and working conditions disputes.

The Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (Aslef) then announced that their workforce would go on strike on Saturday 30 July.

When do railway staff go on strike in August?

Two more RMT strikes are planned for Thursday 18th August and Saturday 20th August if a resolution to union members’ claims cannot be reached.

Which railway operators are affected?

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

40,000 workers are expected to walk during the two days this week.

Here is a full list of all rail companies affected today (July 27):

  • 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

Here are all the rail companies on strike on July 30:

  • Arriva Rail London
  • Chiltern Railway
  • Great western
  • LNER
  • Greater Anglia
  • southeast
  • Hull trains
  • West Midlands trains

Is there a subway strike?

There was no further tube strike announced by the RMT, the last strike involving the London Underground was on 21 June.

A couple sit on the Central Line Tube in London, England (Image: Getty Images)

While most Tube lines will not be affected, there will be delays on the Elizabeth Line due to planned strikes.

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. ”

Why are railway workers on strike?

Railway workers are on strike over pay and working conditions.

Mick Lynch, General Secretary of the RMT, outside King’s Cross station. Credit: Hollie Adams/Getty Images

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said workers need a salary offer that “helps deal with the cost of living crisis”.

Lynch said: “The rail industry and government need to understand that this dispute is not going to just 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.

“Network Rail’s recent proposals have fallen far short on pay and safety around maintenance. And the train operators didn’t even make us a salary offer in the last negotiations.

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

Aslef, who are behind the July 30 strike, say the same, and their general secretary Mick Whelan says workers have not received a pay rise since 2019.

Whelan said in a statement: “We want an increase in line with the cost of living – we want to be able to buy in 2022 what we were able to buy in 2021 – for the members – who, as you will remember,.” , the people who were the key workers and moving goods around the country during the pandemic.”

What did the government say?

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps took to Twitter to call the strikes.

Shapps said: “Yesterday, RMTunion was offered a wage offer worth up to 8% over 2 years. Today its leadership refused without telling its members and instead called another strike. The RMT bosses are not interested in finding a solution, they just want to cause trouble for the traveling public.”

The government has already taken action to mandate a minimum level of service during strikes, but it could take time for the proposals to take effect.