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Exact dates commuters will be hit by rail strikes in September and October
20 September 2023, 16:04
National rail strikes have been ongoing for well over a year now, with more commuter misery expected over the next couple of months.
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The train drivers' union, Aslef, recently announced a new round of industrial action, which will affect commuters in September and October.
It continues the long-standing dispute over pay, jobs, and working conditions.
There will also been an overtime ban, which will disrupt rail travel over a week in both months.
Exact dates rail strikes will hit commuters
Train drivers will walk out on Saturday, 30 September and Wednesday, 4 October, which will affect millions of journeys across the country.
The Aslef union has also announced an overtime bank on Friday, 29 September.
This will come back on Monday, 2 October, running until the Friday of that week (October 6).
These train strikes have reportedly been orchestrated to affect the Tory party conference, which will start on Sunday, 1 October.
“While we regret having to take this action – we don’t want to lose a day’s pay, or disrupt passengers as they try to travel by train – the government, and the employers have forced us into this position," Mick Whelan, Aslef’s general secretary, said.
“Our members have not, now, had a pay rise for four years – since 2019 – and that’s not right when prices have soared in that time. Train drivers, perfectly reasonably, want to be able to buy now what they could buy four years ago.”
Which rail companies are affected by the strikes?
- Avanti West Coast
- Caledonian Sleeper
- Chiltern Railways
- East Midlands Railway
- Gatwick Express
- Greater Anglia
- GTR Great Northern Thameslink
- Heathrow Express
- Island Line
- Northern Trains
- Gatwick Express
- South Western Railway main line
- Stanstead Express
- SWR depot drivers
- TransPennine Express
Are there Tube strikes?
Staff are set to walk out on Wednesday October 4 and Friday October 6 over job losses and safety concerns.
This strike was announced by the RMT, which said planned job cuts "will affect every aspect of the tube including stations and maintenance, leading to the likelihood of more unstaffed stations and a lowering of safety standards."