Brits to be hit by ANOTHER rail strike as unions threaten mass walkout next month | The Sun

Brits to be hit by ANOTHER rail strike as unions threaten mass walkout next month | The Sun

September 16, 2022

COMMUTERS are in for even more travel misery as train drivers are set to strike again.

Train drivers at 12 rail companies are planning to walk out on October 1 and 5 amid a long-running dispute over pay, it is understood.

A planned strike by drivers on September 15 was called off as a mark of respect following the Queen's death.

But drivers are set to resume strike action next month and are due to strike on October 1 and 5, sources told PA news agency.

The drivers' union Aslef will not be making any comment or public comment until after the late monarch's funeral next week.

Union members are Avanti West Coast; Chiltern Railways; CrossCountry; Greater Anglia; Great Western Railway; Hull Trains; LNER; London Overground; Northern Trains; Southeastern; TransPennine Express; and West Midlands Trains.

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It comes as members of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association union (TSSA) are set to strike from midday on September 26 for 24 hours.

The decision, set to impact most of Britain's rail network, is the among latest action amid an ongoing dispute over pay, job security and conditions.

Alongside nine train operators, staff at Network Rail will also go on strike.

They are demanding the Government come back to the negotiating table to revise what union barons branded an "insulting" two per cent pay rise – rejected earlier in the summer.

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Union members at TransPennine Express, West Midlands Trains, Avanti West Coast, c2c and CrossCountry are set to strike.

East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, LNER and Southeastern will also be impacted by staff walkouts.

In a statement, TSSA union leader Manuel Cortes fumed at the Government for the ongoing dispute with railway workers.

The fresh strikes and threats follow a summer of travel misery inflicted on Brits by transport unions as workers demand pay increases amid the soaring cost-of-living crisis.

The RMT union, responsible for the strikes earlier this year, went on strike last month over pay disputes.

Those walk outs saw nation's rail networks thrown into chaos on August 18 and August 20 when around 40,000 staff hung up their uniforms – just weeks after strikes on July 27 and July 30.

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