The chaos of prepare and tube strikes is unfortunately not over, with additional industrial motion set to happen in August.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport staff union (RMT) have introduced two additional days of strike motion on August 18 and August 20, affecting 14 prepare operators and Community Rail and involving 40,000 workers.
Regardless of members of the RMT having been provided a 5pc pay rise, closely discounted prepare journey for members of the family and money bonuses of as much as £900 every in a scramble to stop additional strikes, they may proceed to disrupt providers and so they walked out once more on July 27.
Lower than 48 hours’ later, the prepare drivers’ union Aslef went on strike over pay.
Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Affiliation (TSSA), which represents station and ticket workplace staff, additionally backed industrial motion, with Southeastern staff hanging over pay, job safety and circumstances.
On high of that, ballots will quickly shut for strike motion at Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry and Direct Rail Companies.
Mick Whelan, normal secretary of Aslef, mentioned: “We do not need to go on strike – strikes are the results of a failure of negotiation – and this union, since I used to be elected GS in 2011, has solely ever been on strike, till this 12 months, for a handful of days.
“However we have been compelled into this place by the prepare firms, pushed by the Tory authorities. The drivers on the firms the place we’re hanging have had an actual phrases pay minimize over the past three years – since April 2019.”
This is what you should know in regards to the RMT and Aslef strikes, and different potential union strike motion.
What days are prepare and Tube strikes taking place?
- Saturday, August 13
- Thursday, August 18
- Friday, August 19 (Tube strike)
- Saturday, August 20
Which prepare operators will probably be affected?
The RMT rail strikes in August will have an effect on Community Rail, in addition to the next operators: Chiltern Railways, Cross Nation Trains, Larger Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Nice Western Railway, Northern Trains, South Jap, South Western Railway Transpennine Categorical, Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Trains and GTR (together with Gatwick Categorical).
The TSSA can also be presently balloting members at West Midlands Trains, Nice Western Railway, Larger Anglia, TransPennine Categorical for industrial motion.
Southeastern, which is wholly owned by the Division for Transport (DfT) and runs prepare providers between London and Kent, in addition to elements of East Sussex, will probably be additionally hit by the TSSA strikes. Stations doubtlessly hit embody London St Pancras, Victoria, Charing Cross and Cannon Avenue, in addition to Dover Priory, Ramsgate, Ashford Worldwide, Dartford and Sevenoaks.
Is there a Tube strike?
The RMT has introduced one other Tube strike on August 19.
RMT chief Mick Lynch mentioned: “Our members will as soon as once more take to picket strains on this necessary dispute over pensions, jobs and circumstances.
“They’ve been messed round by Transport for London and Mayor Sadiq Khan. Except there may be assurances made about jobs, pensions and detrimental modifications to working circumstances, then our strike on August 19 will go forward.”
In the meantime, in a single day motion continues to have an effect on the Central, Jubilee, Northern and Victoria strains each Friday and Saturday till December 6.
The London Underground got here to a 24-hour standstill on June 21 when RMT members determined to go on strike in a row over how TfL is reducing working prices.
What are staff hanging over?
The Aslef strikes are all about pay. Mr Whelan argues that members haven’t had a pay rise since 2019.
“We wish a rise according to the price of dwelling – we wish to have the ability to purchase, in 2022, what we might purchase in 2021 – for these members – who have been, you’ll bear in mind, the individuals who moved key staff and items across the nation in the course of the pandemic,” he mentioned.
The August RMT prepare strikes (and the July 27 rail strike) are the newest within the union’s dispute over job safety, pay and dealing circumstances. Mr Lynch mentioned: “The rail trade and the Authorities want to know that this dispute is not going to merely vanish.
“They should get critical about offering a proposal on pay which helps cope with the cost-of-living disaster, job safety for our members and gives good circumstances at work.
“Current proposals from Community Rail fell properly quick on pay and on security round upkeep work. And the prepare working firms haven’t even made us a pay supply in latest negotiations.
“We stay open for talks, however we’ll proceed our marketing campaign till we attain a negotiated settlement.”
The August Tube strike is over an ongoing dispute over pensions and jobs. The RMT mentioned this name to motion was “prompted by TfL’s refusal to share the main points of a draft authorities proposal they obtained concerning funding of the transport system within the capital.”
In the meantime TSSA members are protesting over pay, jobs and circumstances.
“If ministers had any sense they’d come to the desk and kind this out, so now we have a good settlement for staff who have been hailed as heroes within the pandemic,” TSSA normal secretary Manuel Cortes mentioned.
Can I get a refund or journey on one other service if my prepare is cancelled?
In keeping with client group Which?, the method differs primarily based on which prepare firm somebody is touring with, and clients can “solely declare compensation throughout a rail strike for a delay primarily based on the substitute or emergency timetable for prepare or substitute bus providers”.
What’s the Authorities doing about it?
The Authorities has already threatened new minimal service necessities that may require a sure variety of trains to run throughout a strike. Nevertheless, ministers have warned it might take months to attract up the brand new legal guidelines.
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary who has dropped out of the race to be the following Tory chief, was fast to sentence the strikes.
“On a wage of virtually £60,000, it is not honest for prepare drivers to harm these on decrease wages with extra walkouts,” he wrote on Twitter.
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