The chaos of the train and metro strikes is unfortunately not over, and further industrial action is expected to take place in August.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) announced two new strike days on August 18 and 20, affecting 14 rail operators and Network Rail and involving 40,000 employees.

Although RMT members have been offered a 5% pay rise, heavily reduced train travel for family members and cash bonuses of up to £900 each in a stampede to prevent further strikes, they will continue to disrupt services and they left again in July. 27.

Less than 48 hours later, the train drivers’ union Aslef went on strike to challenge wages.

Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), which represents station and ticket office workers, also backed the industrial action, with workers in the South East striking over wages, job security and conditions.

On top of that, the ballots will soon close for strike action at Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry and Direct Rail Services.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said: “We don’t want to strike – strikes are the result of failed bargaining – and this union, since I was elected GS in 2011, has only ever been on strike, until this year, for a few days.

“But we were forced into this position by the railway companies, under the impetus of the Conservative government. The drivers of the companies where we are on strike have taken an actual pay cut for the past three years – since April 2019.”

Here’s what you need to know about the RMT and Aslef strikes, and other potential union strike action.

What days are train and metro strikes?

  • Saturday August 13
  • Thursday August 18
  • Friday August 19 – Metro Strike
  • Saturday August 20

Which rail operators will be affected?

The RMT rail strikes in August will affect Network Rail, as well as the following operators: 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 and GTR (including Gatwick Express).

The TSSA is also voting for members of West Midlands Trains, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, TransPennine Express for industrial action.

Southeastern, which is 100% owned by the Department for Transport (DfT) and runs rail services between London and Kent, as well as parts of East Sussex, will also be hit by the TSSA strikes. Stations potentially affected include London St Pancras, Victoria, Charing Cross and Cannon Street, as well as Dover Priory, Ramsgate, Ashford International, Dartford and Sevenoaks.

Is there a subway strike?

The RMT announced a new metro strike on August 19.

RMT leader Mick Lynch said: “Our members will once again be taking to the picket lines in this important dispute over pensions, jobs and conditions.

“They have been bothered by Transport for London and Mayor Sadiq Khan. Unless there are assurances about jobs, pensions and damaging changes to working conditions, our strike on August 19 will continue.”

Meanwhile, nighttime action continues to affect the Central, Jubilee, Northern and Victoria lines every Friday and Saturday until December 6.

The London Underground came to a 24-hour shutdown on June 21 when RMT members decided to go on strike in a row over how TfL was cutting running costs.

What are the workers striking on?

Aslef’s strikes concern wages. Mr Whelan says the members have not had a pay rise since 2019.

“We want an increase in line with the cost of living – we want to be able to buy, in 2022, what we could buy in 2021 – for these members – who were, you will recall, the people who displaced the workers and key assets across the country during the pandemic,” he said.

The RMT train strikes in August (and the July 27 rail strike) are the latest in the union’s dispute over job security, wages and working conditions. Mr Lynch said: “The rail industry and government need to understand that this dispute will not just go away.

“They need to seriously come up with a wage offer that helps address the cost of living crisis, job security for our members and good working conditions.

“Network Rail’s recent offers fell far short of pay and safety around maintenance work. And the rail operating companies didn’t even give us a pay offer in recent negotiations.

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

The August Tube strike concerns an ongoing dispute over pensions and jobs. The RMT said the call to action was ‘prompted by TfL’s refusal to share details of a draft government proposal they have received regarding funding for the transport system in the capital’.

Meanwhile, TSSA members are protesting wages, jobs and conditions.

“If ministers had any sense they would come to the table and settle this, so we have a fair settlement for the workers who have been hailed as pandemic heroes,” said TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes. .

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 a person is traveling with, and customers can “only claim compensation during a train strike for a delay based on the alternative or emergency of replacement train or bus services”.

What is the government doing about it?

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 that drafting the new laws could take months.

Grant Shapps, the transport secretary who dropped out of the race to be the next Tory leader, was quick to condemn the strikes.

“On a salary of almost £60,000 it’s not fair for train drivers to hurt those on lower salaries with more walkouts,” he wrote on Twitter.

This article is updated with the latest information.

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Source: www.telegraph.co.uk
This notice was published: 2022-08-06 06:14:10