Fresh rail misery for millions: Train strikes to commence in the next few days as long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions flares up AGAIN
- Thousands will be affected today as Aslef train drivers walk out in strike action
Rail strikes are to bring Britain to a standstill once again over the next few days, as the long-running dispute over pay, jobs and working conditions continues to rumble on.
Today train passengers have been warned that services across the country will be ‘severely reduced’ as train drivers and other rail workers down their tools creating travel chaos.
Members of the train drivers’ union Aslef will walk out today, while the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) have called strike action tomorrow.
Further action on Saturday by Aslef is set to cause disruption for more than 100,000 people. Fans travelling to Beyonce’s Renaissance world tour at Tottenham stadium, thousands travelling to the annual Epsom Derby and cricket enthusiasts travelling to watch the England v Ireland Test match at Lord’s are amongst them.
Passengers are being advised to plan ahead and check the times of the first and last trains.
Members of the train drivers’ union Aslef will walk out today causing rail chaos for thousands
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) have called strike action tomorrow. Pictured: RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch
Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said there was ‘no waning in enthusiasm’ from train drivers to continue taking industrial action.
He said: ‘We are determined to get a resolution and remain in this for the long haul.
READ MORE: Train strikes 2023: Full list of dates in May and June as commuters brace for more disruption
‘It is time for the Government to step back from interference which is preventing a deal – drivers, in line with other workers, deserve a pay rise after four years without one and inflation running over the last 12 months north of 10 per cent.’
The strikes will affect 15 train companies, with services due to start later and finish much earlier than usual – typically between 7.30am and 6.30pm.
The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said it is expected that nationally services will be severely reduced, with variations across the network and no services at all in some areas.
On the RMT strike day, around half of the network will shut down, with around 50 per cent of normal services running, while during Aslef strike days around 40 per cent of trains will be running. But there will be wide regional variations, with some operators running no services at all.
It is likely that evening services on some lines will be affected on the days before each strike, so passengers are advised to check the last train times on the evenings before strike days and the mornings following strikes.
Aslef will also also start an overtime ban at 15 train operating companies on June 1 that could cause disruption, especially in and out of London.
Aslef’s planned strikes on Saturday is set to affect more than 100,000 people up and down the country
The strikes will affect 15 train companies, with services due to start later and finish much earlier than usual – typically between 7.30am and 6.30pm
The industrial action will affect football fans travelling to London for the FA Cup final between Manchester City and Manchester United on Saturday at Wembley Stadium.
Fans wishing to travel to the game by train from Manchester were advised not to attempt to do so on the day.
Full list of train strikes in May and June 2023
Wednesday, 31 May 2023: Strikes by Aslef affecting national rail services
Friday, 2 June 2023: Strikes by RMT will affect national rail services
Saturday, 3 June 2023: Industrial action by Aslef will affect national rail services
There will be a limited service on Friday due to the RMT industrial action.
An RDG spokesperson said: ‘The upcoming rail strikes called by the Aslef and RMT leadership will not only affect our passengers’ daily commute but will also impact those travelling to and from the FA Cup final and other events across the country, causing disappointment and frustration for tens of thousands of people.
‘It will also inconvenience families who have been looking forward to and have planned their half-term holidays. It will also further burden our people who have already lost thousands of pounds at a time of financial strain.
‘We understand the impact of these strikes on individuals and businesses alike, and we can only apologise for this unnecessary and damaging disruption.
‘While we are doing all we can to keep trains running, unfortunately there will be reduced train services between Wednesday May 31 and Saturday June 3, so our advice is to check before you travel.
‘Passengers with Advance tickets can be refunded fee-free if the train that the ticket is booked for is cancelled, delayed or rescheduled.’
The unions continue to insist they have not been given a pay offer that it can recommend to its members
Passengers are being advised to plan ahead and check the times of the first and last trains
The unions say they have not been given a pay offer it can recommend to their members.
Officials say support for industrial action remains strong among workers as well as the public.
Aslef says train drivers have not had a pay rise for four years.
Both unions claim the Government is preventing the train companies making an acceptable offer, which ministers deny.
A Department for Transport spokesperson said: ‘These strikes have been co-ordinated by union leaders to disrupt passengers in a week which will see major events such as the first ever all Manchester FA Cup final, the Epsom Derby and a number of concerts and festivals across the UK.
‘Not content with impacting the hundreds of thousands of people who have looked forward to these events all year round, unions are also targeting their own members’ pockets by forcing them to miss out on pay every time they strike.
‘The Government has facilitated a fair and reasonable pay offer, now union leaders must do the right thing and put this to their members.’
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