RMT rail strikes: November dates

More days of industrial action are set to begin this week in the latest wave of a long-running dispute between the union and Railway network over unresolved wages, job security and working conditions, potentially disrupting millions of journeys as the country heads into winter.

On November 4, 7 and 8, additional union members representing ticket, station, control room and support workers who are employed by specific railway companies will engage in strikes and non -strikes.

The union has accused Network Rail of wanting to impose ‘dramatic changes’ to the working conditions of its employees and is concerned about the company’s practice of contacting workers directly, which the union says undermines ‘conversations sensitive”.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch previously said: ‘The dishonesty of Network Rail bosses has reached a new low in this national rail dispute. On the one hand, they were telling our negotiators that they were ready to make a deal while planning to torpedo the negotiations by imposing unacceptable changes to our members’ terms and conditions. Our members are furious at these deceptive tactics, and they will now respond in the same way with a sustained strike. »

New dates for RMT strikes

The strikes will take place in November on Friday (November 4), Saturday (November 5), Monday (November 7), Tuesday (November 8) and Wednesday (November 9). One in five trains are likely to run, leaving significant parts of the UK without any rail service.

The first trains will be affected the day after each strike, with around 75% of services likely to operate on non-strike days. Since many people who wanted to travel on strike days will be looking to reschedule their trip, they will likely be busier than usual.

Services affected by rail strikes

The 14 train operating companies we are on strike against are:

  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross country trains
  • Greater England
  • LNER
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Great Western
  • Railway
  • Northern Trains
  • South East
  • South West Railway
  • Transpennine Express
  • Avanti west coast
  • West Midlands Trains
  • GTR (including Gatwick Express)
The RMT has staged eight Britain-wide strikes and one at ScotRail so far this year – with four more to come. Photo: John Devlin

Who is involved in the salary dispute?

There are dozens of individual disputes involving multiple employers. These include Network Rail – the infrastructure provider, which runs the tracks, signaling and some major stations – and more than a dozen train operators, who are contracted by the Department for Transport (DfT) to run a specified service program.

Four unions are involved in the ongoing negotiations. They are, RMTthe main railway union, Aslefrepresenting train drivers, Union of Transport Employees (TSSA), the transport industry’s white-collar union and Uniterepresenting certain grades at certain railway operators.

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