When is the next train strike? August 2022 dates

The next train strike takes place this month

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Widespread train strikes during August are set to cause travel disruption across the UK.

With London tube strikes (opens in new tab), flight cancellations (opens in new tab) and now more industrial action from train operators, it looks like the summer of travel chaos in the UK is set to continue. Four new strike days have been announced, resulting in many commuters and holiday makers having to rethink their plans, or even work out how to refund their tickets (opens in new tab).

Union leaders have made the announcement of further strikes part of an ongoing dispute over pay, jobs and conditions, and this time it's not just the members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) that are striking, but also the union that represents train drivers, Aslef, and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), as well as London Underground and Overground workers. Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming train strikes.

When is the next train strike?

The next train strike is scheduled to take place on Saturday 13 August, 2022, and will see members of the union Aslef, which represents train drivers, walk out for 24 hours. 

Following this, there will be three more days of strikes on August 18, August 19 and August 20. The strikes on August 18 and 20 will see members of both the RMT and the TSSA walk out, while the August 19 strike will also involve RMT members, as well as London Underground and Overground workers.

The unions are in dispute with both government and rail companies, arguing that the rising cost of living means its members have taken an effective pay cut, as well as fury over plans by Network Rail to cut 2,500 maintenance jobs, as the company tries to save £2bn over the next two years.

Network Rail's latest pay offer is worth more than 5%, but it depends on workers accepting 'modernising reforms'. The RMT rejected the offer, describing it as 'paltry', with general secretary Mick Lynch - who is also the face of the Enough is Enough campaign (opens in new tab) tackling the cost of living crisis - saying "The rail industry and the government need to understand that this dispute will not simply vanish. They need to get serious about providing an offer on pay which helps deal with the cost-of-living crisis, job security for our members and provides good conditions at work."

Train strike: 13 August

There are four days of strikes scheduled for August, with the first taking place on Saturday 13. Unlike the strikes in June, this walk-out is in connection with the union Aslef, which represents train drivers, leaving many asking questions about how much train drivers earn (opens in new tab).

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said "We don’t want to go on strike – strikes are the result of a failure of negotiation – and this union, since I was elected GS in 2011, has only ever been on strike, until this year, for a handful of days." 

He added: "We’ve been forced into this position by the train companies, driven by the Tory government. The drivers at the companies where we are striking have had a real terms pay cut over the last three years – since April 2019. And these companies are offering us nothing, saying their hands have been tied by the government."

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps took to Twitter (opens in new tab) after the new strike was announced, saying "Train drivers already earn almost 60k but clearly that’s not enough for ASLEF bosses, who have called more strikes designed to hurt the people they claim to stand for."

Steve Montgomery, the chair of the Rail Delivery Group, has said: "We’re really disappointed that the Aslef leadership has, for the second time in as many weeks, decided to impose yet more uncertainty for passengers and businesses by disrupting passengers’ weekend plans.

"I will reiterate what I’ve previously said – I am ready and willing to talk to the leadership of Aslef today, tomorrow or indeed any time next week. They should call off next week’s action and talk to us instead."

Train strike: 18 August

On August 18 and 20, RMT members at Network Rail and 14 train operators will strike, with around 40,000 workers expected to walk out.

Additionally, on 26 July, the TSSA, which represents workers in the transport and travel industries, announced its members would also be striking on both these dates in August, over the ongoing dispute over pay, job security and conditions.

These strikes will see operational, maintenance, supervisory and management at seven rail operators walk out in the first rail-industry wide industrial action taken by TSSA in more than a generation.

Manuel Cortes, TSSA general secretary, said: "Most of our members are going into a third or fourth year of pay freezes, seeing their real take home pay decrease. For many rail workers in our union this is the first time they have been directly involved in an industrial dispute.

"We do not take strike action lightly, but enough is enough. The Conservative government is the clear block to a deal for rail workers. Grant Shapps must either personally come to the table or empower train operators to reach a deal on pay, job security and conditions."

Train strike: 19 August

The strike on August 19 will be staged by members of the RMT, and will affect the London Underground and Overground. Up to 10,400 transport workers across the network are expected to walk out.

The disputes are separate, with the strike on the Underground are result of workers being 'locked' in a dispute on pensions and jobs with TfL, while Overground workers employed by Arriva Rail London will strike over pay, following their rejection of a 'paltry' 5% pay offer.

RMT's Mick Lynch said: "This strike action by our members on LU 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."

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Train strike: 20 August

The final strike day that has been scheduled is due to take place on Saturday 20 August, and will involve the same train companies and operators as the strike day taking place two days before.

Andrew Haines, chief executive of Network Rail, said "By announcing even more strike dates, the RMT has dropped any pretence that this is about reaching a deal. It’s clear the best interests of passengers and our staff are taking second place to the union’s bosses’ political campaign."

Mick Lynch told the BBC's Today programme that union representatives had 'made some progress' with Network Rail around job security, but that the wages offered were 'not good enough'.

The strikes on the 19 and 20 August coincide with planned London bus strikes (opens in new tab) too, and the timing means there will be three days of disruption in a row for those living in London.

Which train companies are going on strike?

13 August

  • Avanti West Coast
  • Cross Country
  • Arriva Rail London
  • Great Western
  • LNER
  • Greater Anglia
  • Southeastern
  • Hull Trains
  • West Midlands Trains

18 & 20 August

  • Network Rail
  • Avanti West Coast
  • c2c
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country Trains
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Great Western Railway
  • Greater Anglia
  • GTR (including Gatwick Express)
  • LNER
  • Northern Trains
  • South Eastern
  • South Western Railway
  • Transpennine Express 
  •  West Midlands Trains

Thameslink will not be striking, but has warned that its services will be reduced and passengers can expect 'severe disruption'.

A statement on their website says "The railway will operate limited opening hours with services starting later than normal and finishing in the late afternoon," adding that passengers should only travel if the journey is 'absolutely necessary'.

To find out more visit - www.thameslinkrailway.com (opens in new tab)

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When are bus drivers striking?

More than 1,600 London bus drivers will also be striking on 19 and 20 August, with the first day of strikes coinciding with those on the Underground and Overground. 

Bus drivers employed by London United have made the decision to strike after the company offered a pay increase of 3.6% in 2022 and 4.2% next year. The union described this as a real terms pay cut because of the soaring rate of inflation.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: "The 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."

Will the rail strike affect the tubes?

At the moment, the only strike day planned for the tubes in on August 19. The RMT union originally gave TfL until August 2 to provide assurance on jobs, pension and working conditions, in order to stop the strike going ahead.

On June 24, London Underground workers renewed the strike mandate, meaning that they have the right to strike over the next few months, and any further tube strikes will be decided by their National Executive Committee in due course.

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