When are the train strikes in August? Dates of rail strike

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Rail travelers have been urged to “only travel by train if absolutely necessary” as the UK braces for more strikes

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

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The planned industrial action will result in more than 40,000 workers being laid off and four out of five train services being cancelled.

In addition to the striking rail workers, Network Rail’s electrical control room workers and members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association will also go.

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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.

Train crews have already taken part in strikes for three days in June and two days in July.

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The strike, scheduled for August 13, comes on one of football’s busiest days of the year, with Premier League matches taking place in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Brighton.

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

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

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

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

When are the rail strikes in August?

The next rail strikes will take place on Saturday 13 August, Thursday 18 August and Saturday 20 August.

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On August 13, Aslef union members will resign after rail companies failed to offer a salary to help members keep up with the rising cost of living.

The strike comes on one of football’s busiest days of the year, with Premier League games in Manchester, London, Birmingham and Brighton.

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Later strikes on August 18 and 20, organized by the RMT union, will see over 40,000 workers leave in protest over wages, working conditions and job security.

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

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Which railway companies are on strike?

The following railway operators are affected by the strike on August 13:

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  • Avanti West Coast
  • cross country
  • Greater Anglia
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull trains
  • LNER
  • London uplands
  • southeast
  • West Midlands trains
A placard salutes commuter protesters from the Bristol-based More Train Less Strain passenger group.

On August 18th and 20th, a total of 14 railway companies are affected by the strikes.

It is expected that 40,000 workers will leave during the two planned days.

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Here is a full list of all railway companies affected 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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Timetables for the strike action are due to be released on Tuesday 9 August, with travelers being urged to “only travel by train if absolutely necessary”.

What did the RMT say?

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In a statement, RMT General Secretary Mick 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.

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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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