More than 40,000 members throughout Network Rail and 14 train companies will walk out in a sequence of 48-hour strikes in the run-up to Christmas. The RMT said it’s hanging over “job security, pay and conditions” whereas Network Rail said it hoped the union returns to the desk “with a more realistic appreciation of the situation”.
Find out under when rail staff are hanging over December and January and which companies are affected.
Rail strikes: December 2022 dates
RMT union members will walk out on December 13, 14, 16 and 17.
There will even be an extra time ban from December 18 till January 2, so the industrial motion will last for 4 weeks. The extra time ban is probably going to have an effect on services as a result of workers, specifically signallers, will not be engaged on relaxation days.
Rail strikes: January 2023 dates
RMT union members will walk out on January 3, 4, 6 and 7.
Which train companies’ staff are hanging in December?
Workers from Network Rail and the following 14 train companies will walk out in December and January.
- Chiltern Railways
- Cross Country Trains
- Greater Anglia
- East Midlands Railway
- Great Western Railway
- Northern Trains
- South Eastern
- South Western Railway
- Transpennine Express
- Avanti West Coast
- West Midlands Trains
- GTR (together with Gatwick Express)
Why are RMT union members hanging in December and January?
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch: “This latest round of strikes will show how important our members are to the running of this country and will send a clear message that we want a good deal on job security, pay and conditions for our people.
“We have been affordable, however it’s not possible to discover a negotiated settlement when the dead hand of the government is presiding over these talks.
“The employers are in disarray and saying various things to totally different folks generally at the same time. This entire process has change into a farce that solely the new Secretary of State can resolve. When I meet him later this week, I will ship that message.”
How has Network Rail responded to news of the newest strikes?
Tim Shoveller, chief negotiator at Network Rail, said: “No one can deny the precarious financial hole in which the railway finds itself. Striking makes that hole bigger and the task of finding a resolution ever more difficult.
“Only through reform, that will not result in anyone losing their job, can savings be made that can then be converted into an improved offer. And while progress has been made over these last two weeks, we still have yet to find that breakthrough.
“We will not give up and hope that the RMT will return to the table with a more realistic appreciation of the situation.”