When train strikes are expected in September 2022 and which UK lines will be affected

A rail disruption summer is set to continue in the fall after the announcement of new strikes in September.

Rail services were severely hampered around the UK due to a series of walkouts between June and August, in long-standing disputes over wages, pensions and working conditions.

Royal Mail staff, garbage collectors and lawyers are among other industries to have staged strikes in recent weekswith tens of thousands involved in industrial action.

Here is when train strikes are expected in septemberwhich lines will be affected by the walkouts and why they happen.

When are the train strikes in September 2022?

Walkouts are planned on three dates in September, which are organized by Aslef, Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) and Unions of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA).

First of all, members of Aslef, the train drivers’ union, went on strike in 12 railway companies on Thursday September 15alongside Network Rail’s RMT members and 14 rail operators, an action which the union says will ‘effectively do’ the network.

The same RMT workers then go on strike again on Saturday September 17with the union says that more than 40,000 members will be on strike.

This will be followed by a 24-hour strike starting at noon Monday, September 26 until noon on Tuesday, September 27involving TSSA rail workers at nine companies.

A series of strikes have caused widespread disruption to train travel this summer (Picture: PA)

Which lines are affected by the train strikes?

The Aslef strike on September 15 threatens travel chaos across the country and involves workers from the following companies:

  • Avanti west coast
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross country
  • Greater England
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull Undercarriages
  • LNER
  • aerial london
  • Northern Trains
  • South East
  • Trans Pennine Express
  • West Midlands Trains

This follows union walkouts on July 30 and August 13, both of which caused considerable disruption.

Workers from the following nine companies will then participate in the TSSA strike from September 26:

  • Trans Pennine Express
  • West Midlands Trains
  • Avanti west coast
  • c2c
  • Cross country
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Great Western Railway
  • LNER
  • South East

If continued, this walkout will affect travel to the Labor Party Conference in Liverpool, with previous actions by the TSSA causing Avanti to cancel all services between London and the city.

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Why are railway workers on strike?

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said: “We don’t want to go on strike – withdrawing from our work, although a basic human right, is always a last resort for a union – but the railways have told us forced the hand.

“They want train drivers to take a pay cut in real terms – to work as hard this year as they did last, but for 10% less.

“Because inflation is now in double digits and accelerating – much more, according to some forecasts – and yet the railways have offered us nothing.”

Mr Whelan added: “We want companies, who are making big profits and paying huge salaries and bonuses to their chief executives, to make an appropriate wage offer to help our members meet the rising cost of life.”

The RMT calls for a salary increase for its employees in line with inflation which amounts to 10.1% and warned that strike action could continue indefinitely.

Mick Lynch, the general secretary of the RMT, said members had “no choice” but to continue their strike action until September.

“Network Rail and the rail operating companies have shown little interest in recent weeks in offering our members something new so that we can reach a negotiated settlement,” he said.

“Grant Shapps (Transport Secretary) continues his dereliction of duty by staying in his bunker and preventing the rail industry from reaching a deal with us.

“We will continue to negotiate in good faith, but employers and government must understand that our industrial campaign will continue for as long as it takes.”

Planned strikes could severely hamper travel in the UK (Picture: Reuters)

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes has accused Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, of preventing the rail companies from making a “revised and meaningful offer”.

He added: “Frankly, he either sits on the other side of the bargaining table with our union or steps aside to allow the bosses of the railways to negotiate freely with us, as they have done in the past.

“The reason for the current standoff lies squarely at Shapps’ doorstep and passengers are paying a heavy price for his incompetence and intransigence.”

TSSA and Network Rail have confirmed that they remain in talks on the possibility of a settlement of the dispute over wages and working conditions.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has accused the TSSA of “disrupting the lives of millions” while “jeopardizing the future of the railways and the livelihoods of their own members”.

Following the subsequent announcement of the Aslef strike, a DfT spokesperson said: “For the ninth time this summer, union leaders are choosing a self-defeating strike over constructive talks, not only disrupting the lives of millions of people who depend on these services, but jeopardize the future of the railways and the livelihoods of their own members.

“These reforms provide the modernizations that our rail network urgently needs, are essential for the future of rail and will happen; strikes won’t change that.

Additional Press Association reporting

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