Passengers across the UK are facing further disruption after train drivers’ union Aslef and metro workers’ union RMT announced further industrial action.
Aslef members timed their latest walkouts to disrupt the Conservative Party conference. The union has so far called 12 one-day strikes during its 16-month wage dispute.
The latest strikes will force 16 train operating companies to cancel all services, while the ban on overtime on different days will cause serious disruption to the network.
Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan said: “While we regret having to take this action – we do not want to lose a day’s pay or cause disruption to passengers as they attempt to travel by train – the Government and the employers forced us to take the train. in this position.
Our members haven’t had a pay increase for four years – since 2019 – and that’s not right when prices have skyrocketed during that time.
“Train drivers rightly want to be able to buy now what they could buy four years ago.”
London Underground workers, meanwhile, have announced new strikes in a dispute over job cuts and working conditions.
The union’s general secretary, Mick Lynch, said: “Staff at the station are fed up with seeing their livelihoods threatened by job losses and attacks on their terms and conditions.
“Station staff have a vital role to play in helping vulnerable passengers access the network safely and ensuring the Metro is a safe environment for passengers. These job cuts and attacks on working conditions will lead to more unstaffed stations, temporary closures and growing passenger anger.
“TfL has had its budgets slashed, but the savings from these station staff reductions will be negotiable and will lead to unacceptable shortages.
“This strike action will result in the closure of the metro and we are calling on Mayor Sadiq Khan to meet urgently to discuss this matter.”
When do train and metro strikes take place?
The Aslef union will organize strikes on:
- Saturday September 30 – train strike
- Wednesday October 4 – train and metro strike
- Friday October 6 – Metro strike
MEPs will ban overtime across the entire rail network:
- Friday September 29
- From Monday October 2 to Friday October 6