UK rail users are scheduled for another three days of strike break next month, with the RMT and Aslef unions announcing industrial action in ongoing disputes over wages and working conditions.
Strikes planned for September 15 and 17 they were suspended out of respect for the death of Queen Elizabeth II, but now a new wave of industrial action has been confirmed.
Members of the RMT railway workers’ union and the Aslef train drivers’ union will leave for 24 hours on Saturday 1 October. RMT industrial action will affect Network Rail and 14 train operating companies (OCD), while Aslef strike will involve drivers in 12 TOC.
Separate strikes involving RMT members at Arriva Rail London, Hull Trains and bus workers at First Group Southwest will also take place on October 1.
This will be followed by another 24 hours of industrial action involving Aslef members at 13 TOC on October 5, and strikes by RMT members at Network Rail and 15 TOC on October 8.
The movement continues Earlier industrial action across the rail network by RMT and Aslef unions this summeras well as subway, bus and tram strikes.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that while it was encouraging that the new MP for Transport Secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, had met with the union, “no new offer has been tabled”, meaning that “our members have no choice but to continue this strike”. ”.
“We will continue to negotiate in good faith, but employers and the government must understand that our industrial campaign will continue for as long as it takes,” Lynch added.
Meanwhile, Mick Whelan, General Secretary of Aslef, commented:
“We would prefer not to be in this position. We don’t want to go on strike, withdraw our work, although it’s a fundamental human right, it’s always the last resort for this union, but the railway companies have been hell-bent on forcing us.”