Rail strikes could bring UK railway system to ‘effective standstill’ next month

One of the main rail unions has promised to “bring the railway to an effective standstill” on October 1.

Due to a row over job security, pay and working conditions the RMT union has stated that Network Rail workers as well as 14 train operating companies will strike.

A massive 5,000 of the union members are employed by network Rail as signallers.

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Precious walk outs have shown that taking out signallers means at least half of the country’s rail network could come to a standstill, reports the Independent.

Employers were notified about the industrial action last week, but it was only officially announced today by the RMT.

The strike will coincide with a walk out by drivers in the Aslef union who work across 12 train operators.

The RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Transport workers are joining a wave of strike action on 1 October, sending a clear message to the government and employers that working people will not accept continued attacks on pay and working conditions at a time when big business profits are at an all-time high.

”The summer of solidarity we have seen will continue into the autumn and winter if employers and the government continue to refuse workers’ reasonable demands.

“We want a settlement to these disputes where our members and their families can get a square deal. And we will not rest until we get a satisfactory outcome.”

The strike will affects six mainly long-distance/intercity operators, according to reports.

These include: Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, GWR, LNER and Transpennine Express.

It could also affect passengers using Chiltern, c2c, Greater Anglia, GTR (including Thameslink, Southern and Gatwick Express), Northern, Southeastern, South Western Railway and West Midlands Trains.

The Aslef strikes will be on Saturday 1 and Wednesday 5 October.

These will affect similar trainlines, except for c2c, East Midlands Railway and South Western Railway.

However, it will also have an affect on Hull Trains.


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