A new round of national railway strikes was staged in November and is also expected to affect Transport for London (TfL) services.
Industrial action has disrupted train travel since the summer, as disputes over pay and working conditions rumble, with no signs of an agreement between unions and Network Rail.
Here’s how the upcoming strikes will impact the London Underground, Overground and Elizabeth lines, as well as domestic services linking the capital.
When are the strikes in November?
The RMT organized a new wave of generalized strikes to Saturday 5, Monday 7 and Wednesday 9 November.
A strike was scheduled for November 3. However, the union said it was made aware of the Royal British Legion Poppy Day on that date its executive decided to rearrange the action for the 9th.
In separate disputes, members of London Underground and Overground, who work for Arriva Rail London, will strike on Thursday November 10.
How will strikes affect TfL services?
TfL has yet to release detailed information, which will be available later.
However, he said the action on November 5, 7 and 9 “will affect London Overground and certain Tube and Elizabeth line services”.
The November 10 strike will affect London Underground and Tube services and could effectively shut down the underground network.
How will national services be affected?
Nationwide RMT strikes have typically seen around 40,000 workers quit more than a dozen operators, bringing the rail network to a standstill. Less than a fifth of the trains ran on strike days.
We can expect similar levels of disruption for this next round of strikes.
Here are the confirmed operators concerned:
- Avanti west coast
- Chiltern Railways
- Cross country
- East Midlands Railway
- Greater England
- Great Western Railway
- GTR (including Gatwick Express)
- Northern Trains
- South West Railway
- South East
- Transpennine Express
- West Midlands Trains
Many of these operators serve London, meaning travel to and from the capital will be disrupted.
Most operators will operate no service or at greatly reduced levels, with trains starting later and ending earlier.
National Rail said: ‘The rail industry is working hard to minimize the effect this will have on these dates, but it is inevitable that services will be disrupted. Services may also start later in the days following the strike. »
He added that he would update his trip planner later.
Why are railway workers on strike?
The RMT said Network Rail bosses had ‘reneged on promises of an improved pay offer and sought to impose job cuts, more asocial working hours and damaging roster changes’.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “The dishonesty of Network Rail bosses has reached a new low in this national rail dispute.
“On the one hand, they were telling our negotiators that they were ready to make a deal while planning to torpedo the negotiations by imposing unacceptable changes to our members’ terms and conditions.
“Our members are furious at these deceptive tactics, and will now respond in kind with a sustained strike.”
Reacting to the announcement, Network Rail’s chief negotiator, Tim Shoveller, said: “An 8% deal over two years, with discounted travel and a new job guarantee extended to January 2025, is on the table, ready to be offered to our staff.
“Unfortunately, the RMT leadership seems to want more damaging strikes rather than giving its members a vote on our offer.
“Our industry has a £2billion hole in its budget with far fewer passengers using our services.
“That reality isn’t going to change any time soon and a fair, affordable and improved deal is on the table, ready to be implemented if only our people had the chance.”