How the UK's biggest rail strike for a generation will impact you this month

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Here is how you will be impacted by the rail strike when 50,000 workers walk out
Here is how you will be impacted by the rail strike when 50,000 workers walk out

Here is how you might be impacted by the biggest railway strike in the UK since the 1980s, happening in June.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail and 13 train operators will walk out on June 21, 23 and 25, with 50,000 workers taking part.

The RMT also announced another 24-hour strike on London Underground on June 21 in a separate row.

READ MORE: Rail union plans for largest industrial action in decades

What is the dispute about?

The disputes are over pay, jobs and pensions, with the union complaining that railway staff who worked through the pandemic are facing job cuts, a pay freeze and attacks on employment conditions.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Railway workers have been treated appallingly and, despite our best efforts in negotiations, the rail industry, with the support of the Government, has failed to take their concerns seriously.

“We have a cost-of-living crisis, and it is unacceptable for railway workers to either lose their jobs or face another year of a pay freeze when inflation is at 11.1% and rising.

“Our union will now embark on a sustained campaign of industrial action which will shut down the railway system.”

Which events coincide with the strike?

The strikes threaten widespread travel disruption during a number of major events, including concerts, Test match cricket and the Glastonbury festival.

Glastonbury starts on June 22, while that week will also see England play New Zealand in a Test match in Leeds, the British Athletics Championships in Manchester, and gigs in London’s Hyde Park by Sir Elton John (June 24) and The Rolling Stones (June 25).

There will also be a Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London on June 24 and 25 and it is Armed Forces Day on June 25.

Which services will be impacted?

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at Network Rail and 13 train operators will walk out.

The rail operators involved are:

  • Chiltern Railways

  • Cross Country Trains

  • Greater Anglia

  • LNER

  • East Midlands Railway

  • c2c

  • Great Western Railway

  • Northern Trains

  • Southeastern

  • South Western Railway

  • Transpennine Express

  • Avanti West Coast

  • West Midlands Trains

Can the rail strikes be avoided?

Talks are to be held in a bid to avert the strikes, but if they go ahead fewer than one in five UK trains are likely to run during the six days of the strike period, and only between 7am and 7pm.

Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines said the organisation is “doing everything we can” to avoid the strike action.

“There are two weeks until the first strike is planned. We will use this time to keep talking to our unions and, through compromise and common sense on both sides, we hope to find a solution and avoid the damage that strike action would cause all involved,” he said.

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This story was written by Shosha Adie.

She joined the team in 2022 as a digital reporter.

To get in touch with her email: Shosha.Adie@newsquest.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter: @ShoshaAdie

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