This year’s calendar has been packed with train strikes dates and unfortunately, it seems January 2023 will be no different. Travellers are concerned their Christmas plans may be affected by the upcoming actions.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) has announced it will be taking further industrial action through a series of 48-hour strikes.
More than 40,000 members across Network Rail and 14 other companies will participate in the walk-outs, The Evening Standard reports.
There will be four periods of strike action taking place between December and January, which will impact Christmas travel.
When are the train strikes dates in January 2023?
Rail strikes dates for the beginning of 2023 will include January 3, 4, 6 and 7.
Network Rail has also said no trains will be running into or out of London Liverpool Street station between December 25 and January 2, due to engineering projects.
Will there be train strikes in November and December 2022?
There will also be train strikes in the run-up to Christmas, which is expected to cause severe disruption.
Members of the ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, are planning to strike on November 2 when train drivers from 12 operators are set to walk out.
The companies affected by the strike will be: Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia, London North Eastern Railway, London Overground, Northern Trains, Southeastern, Transpennine Express and West Midlands Trains.
On December 13, 14, 16 and 17, members of the RMT plan to take industrial action. The strikes will take place across 14 major railway operators.
In a separate dispute, Avanti West Coast services will be affected by strike action on December 11 and 12.
Why are transport workers striking?
Different transport unions are planning strikes for different reasons, however the overarching issue is over pay.
As per TimeOut, members of the ASLEF union recently walked out because they have experienced a real-terms pay cut over the past three years due to inflation and rising living costs.
The RMT is striking in response to an ongoing dispute over working conditions, job security and pay. Meanwhile, members of Unite the union said that they’d not received a pay increase for three years.
The TSSA (Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association) said that it had not received assurances over job security and working practices.
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