The complete list of train and metro strikes scheduled for July and August 2022

The complete list of train and metro strikes scheduled for July and August 2022

The summer of travel disruption in the UK shows no signs of abating, with a series of further strikes set for August.

The walkouts will affect train services across the UK, along with separate actions that will severely affect the London Underground.

On Wednesday July 27, around 80% of trains across the country were canceled in the latest strike, following a series of major actions in June.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming train and subway strikes, and why they’re happening.

When are the next train strikes?

Members of the Aslef union of eight rail operators organize a strike on Saturday July 30 after pay talks broke down.

5,500 staff are expected to come out, on a day when Birmingham will host a packed schedule of events for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

This includes the marathon, which means that many roads in the city center will be closed to vehicle traffic.

The railway companies affected by the strike are:

  • aerial london
  • Greater England
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull Undercarriages
  • LNE
  • London North West Railway
  • South East
  • West Midlands Railway

The same union is organizing a new strike on Saturday August 13, involving train drivers from nine railway companies:

  • Avanti west coast
  • Cross country
  • Greater England
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull Undercarriages
  • LNE
  • aerial london
  • South East
  • West Midlands Trains
The strikes have caused widespread disruption to UK rail services this summer (Picture: AP)

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) is also organizing strikes to Thursday August 18 and Saturday August 20.

These major walkouts are expected to include 40,000 workers – around 20,000 from Network Rail, including signaling and track maintenance workers – and the rest from 14 rail operating companies.

This means the scale of the disruption will likely be similar to the debilitating June walkouts, which involved 13 operators – here are the companies involved:

  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross country trains
  • Greater England
  • LNE
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Great Western Railway
  • Northern Trains
  • South East
  • South West Railway
  • Trans Pennine Express
  • Avanti west coast
  • West Midlands Trains
  • GTR (including Gatwick Express)
  • aerial london
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull Undercarriages
  • London North West Railway

When are the next Tube strikes?

London Underground workers are to stage a 24-hour strike on Friday August 19.

The RMT union said the walkout was prompted by TfL’s “refusal” to share details of a draft government proposal for funding the transport system.

He added that he was giving TfL until August 2 to give assurances on jobs, pensions and working conditions.

The announcement comes a day before the separate 24-hour walkout on RMT affecting 14 rail companies.

London Underground workers are due to stage a 24-hour strike on August 19 (Photo: Getty Images)

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Our members will once again be taking to the picket lines in this important dispute over pensions, jobs and conditions.

“They were bothered by TfL and Mayor Sadiq Khan. And to add insult to injury, they haven’t seen the details of that government funding letter.

“Unless assurances are given regarding jobs, pensions and damaging changes to working conditions, our August 19 strike will continue.

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Why are railway workers on strike?

The RMT is demanding a wage increase for its workers of at least seven percent, which is still below the current inflation rate of 9.4 percent.

Union leaders have rejected a ‘miserable’ offer of a 4% pay rise from Network Rail for the rest of the year and a possible 4% pay rise next year if railway workers agree to changes in terms of work. The union said it would continue to call strikes if the government refused to back down.

Mr Lynch described the strike as ‘the only course open to us’ and insisted ‘that this dispute continue for as long as it takes’.

He said: ‘Network Rail’s offer represents a real pay cut for our members and the pittance is conditional on RMT members accepting drastic changes to their working lives.

Announcing the Aslef walkout on August 13, Mick Whelan, the union’s general secretary, said “strikes are always the last resort”.

However, he added: “Many of our members, who were the men and women who moved key workers and goods across the country during the pandemic, have not had a pay rise since 2019.

“With inflation north of 10%, that means these drivers have taken a pay cut in real terms over the last three years. We want an increase in line with the cost of living – we want to be able to buy, in 2022, what we could buy in 2021.

“It is not unreasonable to ask your employer to make sure you are not worse for three consecutive years. Especially since the rail companies are doing very well, thank you, on British railways – with handsome profits, dividends for shareholders and big salaries for managers – and the train drivers don’t want to work longer for less.

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