The rail strikes will take place at the end of June 2022 and are expected to cause widespread disruption
The strike has been described as “the largest rail strike in modern history” affecting over 40,000 workers and 13 companies.
Members voted for strike action in the face of growing wage problems and job losses in the industry.
In response, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the action was “incredibly disappointing” and could “drive passengers off the rail network for good”.
The rail strike, set to take place during the busy festival season, is expected to cause widespread disruption.
Here you will find everything you need to know about the rail strike and which companies are affected.
When is the train strike?
The RMT has scheduled the strike for June 21, 23 and 25, 2022.
What caused the rail strike?
RMT union members voted to strike action in May over concerns about wage increases and job losses in the industry.
General Secretary Mick Lynch stated that “railway workers were treated appallingly.
“We have a cost of living crisis and it is unacceptable that railway workers either lose their jobs or face another year of wage freeze when inflation is at 11.1% and rising.
“Rail companies are making profits of at least £500m a year while fat cat rail bosses have been paid millions during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This injustice fuels the anger of our members and their determination to reach a fair settlement.”
Which companies are showing up?
The strike is expected to affect 13 rail companies and an estimated 40,000 workers.
The action also extends to ScotRail members in Scotland and the London Underground will join in on the first day of the strike on June 21st.
Here are the 13 companies that will be affected by the strike in England:
- Chiltern Railway
- intercity trains
- Greater Anglia
- East Midlands Railway
- Great Western Railway
- Northern Trains
- Southeast Railway
- TransPennine Express
- Avanti West Coast
- West Midlands trains
Which events are affected?
There are growing concerns that the strike will cause widespread disruption across the UK.
The weekend at the end of June is packed with events including the Glastonbury Festival, Ed Sheeran at Wembley Stadium and the HeadingleyThird Test cricket match where England will play New Zealand.
Other events planned include concerts by Elton John and the Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park and a meeting of Commonwealth Heads of State.
What did the government say?
In a statement, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the action was “incredibly disappointing” and could “drive passengers off the rail network for good”.
He added: “The pandemic has transformed travel habits – with 25% fewer ticket sales and taxpayer intervention to keep railways running for £16billion, equivalent to £600 per household. We must act now to put the industry on a sustainable footing.
“We are working with industry to reduce the disruption caused by strikes, but unions are jumping ahead of the announcement when talks have only just begun.
“We want to once again urge unions to engage with the rail industry so we can work together to build a better, more modern and passenger-centric railway.”
The Transport Secretary also took to Twitter to share his disappointment, tweeting: “Very disappointing @RMTunion is taking action that could damage the rail network after taxpayers contributed £16billion, £600 per household, to help save jobs during Covid to obtain. We are working with industry to reduce the disruption caused by strikes, but urge unions to engage in dialogue with employers.”
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