When is the London Underground and Overground strike in August and what services will be affected?

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London Underground workers are set to strike in August. (Getty Images)
London Underground workers are set to strike in August. (Getty Images)

London bus drivers will join London Underground and Overground workers on their strike on August 19, while a separate London Overground strike means that no services will run this Saturday, August 13.

Tube workers are striking in an ongoing dispute over pensions and jobs between the RMT union, TfL and London Underground management. Meanwhile, Overground union members, employed by Arriva Rail London, will strike over pay.

London’s bus drivers, represented by Unite union, are striking over a pay offer which the union says is a pay cut when considering the current rates of inflation.

This action is the latest in a series of strikes that have disrupted the UK’s rail network this summer.

In July, thousands of RMT union members who work for Network Rail and 14 train operators walked out on Wednesday, resulting in only one in five trains running.

There was also a strike on July 30, when ASLEF union members walked out, followed by an ASLEF strike on August 13 and further RMT strikes set for August 18 and 20.

The London Underground strike is the latest to be announced–find out below when it is happening and which services will be affected.

Which companies are striking on August 13?

ASLEF union members will strike on Saturday, August 13, with nine train companies impacted: Arriva Rail London, Avanti West Coast, Crosscountry, Greater Anglia, Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Southeastern, and West Midlands Trains.

London Overground services will not operate on Saturday, according to TfL.

When is the London Underground, Overground, and bus strike?

The tube network is expected to be disrupted on August 19 as both London Underground and Overground workers walk out.

London buses will also be impacted on August 19 by a separate Unite union strike, which will see more than 1,600 drivers walk out on August 19 and August 20.

The bus depots that will be affected by the industrial action are Fulwell, Hounslow, Hounslow Heath, Park Royal, Shepherd’s Bush, Stamford Brook, and Tolworth.

Which London Underground services will be affected?

It is expected that all Tube lines and the Overground will be affected during the strike, with either a reduced service or no service at all.

When 10,000 Tube workers walked out in June, some Tube services were running every 15-20 minutes and were only running on part of the line.

Other lines, such as the Victoria, Circle, and Waterloo & City lines, were closed.

Why are London Underground workers striking?

The RMT union said it is taking industrial action over “TfL’s refusal to share the details of a draft government proposal they received regarding funding of the transport system in the capital, in secret and without any discussion with their recognised trade unions.”

In a statement, the union said that London Underground and TfL management have “consistently refused to engage in discussions around safeguarding jobs, pensions and conditions on the spurious grounds that they are unable to give any assurances to our members until they have a financial settlement with the government.”

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “This strike action by our members on London Underground and the Overground is yet another demonstration of how transport workers refuse to accept a raw deal.

“TfL have had ample opportunity to be transparent about the funding they will receive and to give tube workers the assurances they need.Yet they have totally failed to give those guarantees.

“And Arriva Rail London, a company swimming in money, refuses to give our members a pay rise that will deal with the escalating cost of living crisis. There will be significant disruption on the 19th August but TfL and Arriva Rail London bear responsibility for this break down in industrial relations.”

Why are London bus drivers striking?

Unite union says its members are striking over a pay increase offer of 3.6 per cent in 2022 and 4.2 per cent next year. The union says: “With the true inflation rate (RPI) currently standing at 11.8 per cent, this is, in effect, a real terms pay cut.”

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “The workers’ parent company RATP is fabulously wealthy and it can fully afford to pay our members a decent wage increase.

“Unite’s members play a crucial role in keeping London moving and they are not going to accept seeing their pay constantly eroded.

“Unite does what it says on the trade union tin and always defends the jobs, pay and conditions of its members. Our members at London United will receive the union’s complete support until this dispute is resolved and a fair pay offer secured.”

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