The RMT union has urged its members to prepare for the “shutdown of the railway system” to take action on wages, layoffs and safety concerns.
The three-day promotion is set to coincide with a number of major cultural and sporting events across the country, including the Glastonbury Festival.
The union announced on Thursday that it will elect its Avanti West Coast members to strike.
Meanwhile, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) said Friday (June 10) that more rail workers are to be voted in for strike action amid mounting disputes over wages and jobs, raising the risk of a summer of travel chaos.
TSSA said its CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains and West Midlands Trains members will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch industrial action campaigns over pay, conditions and job security.
The newly announced TSSA election among 570 workers begins June 16 and ends July 17, with the union warning that a yes vote could allow a strike ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The association demands a guarantee without layoffs for operational reasons for 2022, no incompatible contract changes and a salary increase that takes the rising cost of living into account.
When will the rail strike take place?
The strike will last over three days – on June 21, 23 and 25 – but is expected to cause disruption for at least six days.
The first day of action coincides with a separate strike planned by TfL workers over employment problems on the London Underground, which is expected to see around 50,000 workers on strike.
On June 23 and 25, around 40,000 employees across the country went on strike again.
Which services are affected?
Network Rail RMT members and 13 train operators are taking part in the strike, which will affect routes on the following networks:
- Avanti West Coast
- Chiltern Railway
- intercity trains
- East Midlands Railway
- Great Western Railway
- Greater Anglia
- Northern Trains
- TransPennine Express
- West Midlands trains
Network Rail is making contingency plans but expects only one in five trains to run during strikes and that operations will be limited on main lines and between 7am and 7pm.
There will also be wage strikes at three other railway companies.
Hull Trains workers will strike on June 26, Greater Anglia on June 23 and Croydon Tramlink on June 28-29 and July 13-14.
Which events are affected?
The strike is taking place across the country on some very busy days, with a number of major music and sporting events planned and many participants now having to find alternative transport.
The Glastonbury Festival returns for the first time since 2019, starting on June 22, while this week also sees England play New Zealand in a Test cricket match on June 23 in Leeds, on June 24 and 25 at the British Athletics Championships in Manchester and at gigs in London’s Hyde Park by Sir Elton John (June 24) and The Rolling Stones (June 25).
There is also a meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government on 24-25 June in London and 25 June is Armed Forces Day.
Why are RMT workers on strike?
The RMT union called on its members to go on strike after talks on wage and redundancy guarantees broke down.
The union says rail workers who have worked during the pandemic face job cuts, a wage freeze and attacks on employment conditions.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “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.
“Railway workers have been treated appallingly and despite our best efforts in negotiations, the rail industry, with government support, has not taken their concerns seriously.
“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.
“Our union will now launch an ongoing campaign of industrial action that will shut down the rail system.”
Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines said the organization was doing “everything we can” to avoid the strike action.
“There are still two weeks until the first strike is planned. We will use this time to continue speaking to our unions and hope to find a solution through compromise and common sense on both sides and avoid the damage that a strike would do to all concerned,” he said.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the strike action was “incredibly disappointing” and could drive passengers off the railways “forever”.
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.
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