Train strike dates: Every day in December 2022 and January 2023

Rail commuters face severe travel disruption over Christmas and New Year as workers stage a series of 48-hour strikes in December and January in a protracted dispute over jobs, wages and conditions.

The RMT union revealed that more than 40,000 workers across Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will stage a series of strikes for 48 hours.

The industrial strike is scheduled for January 3, 4, 6 and 7.

Another strike is scheduled to take place over the main Christmas period, with members leaving from 6pm on December 24th until 7am on December 27th. Most trains don’t run on December 25th and 26th anyway, but those aiming to travel by train to see their loved ones on either side of Christmas Day will be affected.

RMT has also issued an overtime ban to its members across Network Rail from 18 December to 2 January.

Among the next batch of withdrawals, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “We feel compelled to take this action because of the Government’s intransigence… We have been faced with a deeply damaging offer and our members are simply not in a position to accept the changes companies have put on the table.” .

Mr Lynch said earlier that the union “sorry for the inconvenience” of the public this Christmas, but urged them to “direct your anger and frustration at government and railway employers during this last stretch of work”.

Network Rail’s chief negotiator Tim Schoeffler said the union was “playing fast and fast with people’s plans for Christmas” saying the recent strike dates were “intentionally targeting vital engineering works designed to improve the railway”.

The effects of these strikes are now well established after a number of similar strikes affected British travelers over the summer and earlier this fall. Industrial action from around 5,000 network rail signals would mean half of the rail network closed, with much reduced service on the rest.

Non-union members and directors will enable the service to operate between 7.30am and 6.30pm across about half of the rail network.

Tim Schoeffler, Network Rail’s chief negotiator, said: “No one can deny the precarious financial hole that rail finds itself in. The beating makes this hole bigger and the task of finding a solution more difficult than ever.

“Only through reform, which will not result in anyone losing their jobs, can savings be made which can then be converted into an improved offer. And while progress has been made over the past two weeks, we still haven’t made that progress.

“We will not give up and hope that the RMT will return to the negotiating table with a more realistic assessment of the situation.”

“We’ve made real progress over the last two weeks of talks and for the first time in months we can see the outlines of a credible deal,” said a spokesperson for the Rail Delivery Group, representing the train operators.

Ongoing disputes center on wages, working conditions and job security.

The RMT Federation says its members earn an average of £31,000 a year, “with many making much less, and none seeing an increase in three years”. RMT also says that the dispute is about “preventing catastrophic downgrades that would directly affect maintenance and accessibility.”

The Independent I have contacted the Department for Transport (DfT) for comment.

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