announced by the train driver A new round of strikespiling up more misery for weary rail commuters.
Dedicated union Aslef and wide rail union RMT driver I will come to work on February 1st and February 3rd due to a long-running labor dispute..
strike The RMT is the latest this year after rail workers launched industrial action in the first week of January, with many delaying their return to office until January 9. This means that from Tuesday 3rd January he until Saturday 7th January rail service was suspended.
When is the next train strike?
Both Aslef and RMT announced strikes February 1 When February 3rd.
Will next day service be affected?
yes. This is because on strike days, locomotives and their carriages often stop at the wrong station and must be moved the next morning before they are ready to operate passenger service.
Which rail companies will be affected by the strike?
Affected companies include Avanti West Coast. Chiltern Railway; Cross Country; East Midlands Railway; Great Western Railway; Greater Anglia; Southern/Gatwick Express; South Western Railway (depot drivers only); SWR Island Line; Transpennine Express; and West Midlands Trains.
How many trains do you run?
When drivers go on strike, they usually run only 10% to 20% of the normal timetable.
Who is responsible for disputes?
Naturally, both sides – one-sided union. Network rails, railway operators and governments are blaming each other.
Union members have not been granted a wage increase for the past three years, according to the railway union. Combined with the steep inflation, this means many workers are effectively taking substantive wage cuts.
But the union president conveniently ignores that the rail sector was not laid off during the pandemic. Had they been transferred under the government’s furlough initiative, railroad staff would have effectively suffered a 20% pay cut under the terms of the coronavirus job retention scheme.
But the government isn’t all wrapped up in glory either.
Network Rail, which owns tracks, stations and signals, and train operators are effectively nationalized.This means that wage increases above the public sector standard of 2 per cent must be approved by Westminster. Politicians hope companies will justify wage increases by identifying cost cuts to mitigate the impact on the Treasury.
RMT has rejected a series of paid offers from Network Rail, but the train operator was not licensed to offer offers above 2 percent until last month. It has since been stipulated by the government to cut all on-board guards.
Such a condition is a “red line” for both RMT and Aslef, who both argue that the payment transaction is destined for failure when the condition is inserted.
So when will this end?
While the February strike may not take place at all, the RMT said the 1 February action was a more widespread “day of TUC action in which multiple unions are coordinating strikes amid the cost of living crisis.” said to be related to
Nonetheless, if cabinet ministers withdraw their demands to cut guards and sweeten the salary agreement by a percentage point, we could soon see RMT recommending support and putting it to a vote of its members.
Likewise, the same could happen if a similar deal were offered to Aslef – its negotiations lagged behind those made by RMT.
It’s a similar situation with network rails, and a slightly sweeter word can break the impasse.
RMT’s Mick Lynch is under pressure from members to come to an agreement. They say he’s lost 18 days’ worth of pay since the fight began, missing a raise of about 9 percent in two years.
For Aslef’s Mick Whelan, it’s a different kind of pressure. The drivers’ union is seen as less radical, but will still stick to his demands for pay increases close to or even inflation.
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