Will there be a national rail strike?

Will there be a national rail strike? Will there be a national rail strike?

THE National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) are deciding whether to take strike action.

Disagreements over pay offers could bring the country to a standstill as soon as June if the strike goes ahead.

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Will there be a national rail strike?

A ballot for over 40,000 members of the Rail union closes on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

This will decide if Network Rail and 15 other train operating companies take strike action.

The strike has been suggested in an effort to block job cuts and protest “derisory” pay offers.

While the results of the ballot are likely to be known on Wednesday, the exact date of any action might not be announced immediately.

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The 15 companies taking part along with Network Rail are:

  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country Trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • LNER
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Great Western Railway
  • Northern Trains
  • South Eastern Railway
  • South Western Railway
  • Island Line
  • GTR (including Gatwick Express)
  • Transpennine Express
  • Avanti West Coast
  • West Midlands Trains.

It is thought the strikes could begin as soon as June and impact the majority of rail services over the strike period.

RailScot is also thought to consider taking some action too.

How will a national rail strike affect you?

The strike could impact as much as 80% of rail services.

As reported by The Times, the action would include freight trains being given priority over passenger trains.

Set times would be dedicated to freight trains in an effort to prevent food shortages and keep shelves stocked.

At this time it is not known if this would be one major walkout or a series of rolling strikes.

The strikes have the potential to bring the country to a standstill.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps next week to discuss the crisis.

When was the last national rail strike?

There are fears that this will be the largest rail strike in history if it goes ahead.

RMT members of Network Rail have not taken part in national strike action since 1994.

RMT said that this was the biggest ballot on one issue since the formation of the union in 1990.

In the last national rail strikes, over two decades ago, signal workers repeatedly stepped out over three months.

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Since 2016, various rail companies have taken strike action across the UK.

The bulk of these strikes took place in 2016, with some continuing until 2018.



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