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When are this week’s train strikes? complete list of rail strike dates in October and how walkouts impact travel

This week will see additional strikes after the biggest walkout of the year on Saturday completely cut off large portions of the nation.

On Wednesday, October 5, and on Saturday, October 8, there will be two more strikes.

After the passing of the Queen, the widespread action that had been scheduled for earlier in September was canceled.

How will services be affected?

For the strike on Wednesday, a special timetable has been released, and one for the strike on Saturday will be released on Tuesday.

The National Rail website has access to the unique schedule for Wednesday.

According to National Rail, “service cancellation or severe disruption is inevitable.”

“It is likely that there will be a very limited service on these days, with no services at all on some routes,” the statement continued.

Travelers are advised to double-check their routes the evening before strikes.

On October 6 and 9, services will also begin later on those days.

This weekend’s travel plans for those going to London for the Sunday Royal Parks Half Marathon are probably going to be affected.

Who is striking?

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), Aslef, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), and Unite participated in the strike action on Saturday.

Aslef members will strike once more on Wednesday, while 40,000 RMT members will strike on Saturday.

Unite members are striking on both days.

TSSA members are also striking this week on a few different days at a more localized level.

Which operators are affected?

14 operators will be impacted by the RMT strike. In addition to Network Rail, LNER, Northern, Southeastern, South Western, Transpennine Express, and West Midlands Trains, these include Avanti West Coast, c2c, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Greater Anglia, Great Western, and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), which includes Gatwick Express.

Similar operators, excluding c2c, GTR, and South Western, as well as Hull Trains and East Midlands Railway, are also impacted by the Aslef strike.

TSSA walkouts have also been scheduled for CrossCountry on Wednesday, GWR on Thursday, and Avanti West Coast and c2c on Saturday.

Why are the strikes happening?

With Aslef’s pay dispute being the only one, the four unions are on strike for slightly different reasons.

“They are telling train drivers to take a real-terms pay cut,” general secretary Mick Whelan said. These companies are advising drivers to be ready to work just as hard, for just as long, but for significantly less pay because inflation is currently running at 12.3 percent and is predicted to increase.

The RMT is embroiled in a protracted dispute over employment, compensation, and working conditions.

The general secretary of the RMT, Mick Lynch, declared that “working people will not accept continued attacks on pay and working conditions at a time when big business profits are at an all-time high.”

Members of the TSSA, including those who work in ticket booths, stations, control rooms, and other support roles, are requesting a guarantee that there won’t be any forced layoffs, as well as a pay increase that keeps up with the cost of living crisis and an end to arbitrary changes to terms and conditions.

“We can only hope the new secretary of state for transport can see sense where her predecessor could not,” said Manuel Cortes, the TSSA general secretary. She has the authority to order a fair pay increase, reasonable terms, and the resolution of this conflict.

Unite wants higher pay as well. Being subjected to a three-year pay freeze during the worst cost of living crisis in decades is disgraceful, said the organization’s general secretary, Sharon Graham.

“These strikes are needless and damaging,” said Daniel Mann, the Rail Delivery Group’s director of industry operations. Plans for passengers are disturbed, struggling businesses are weakened, major events are impacted, and the industry’s recovery is harmed.

“While we have done everything in our power to maintain some services, passengers should only travel by rail if absolutely necessary,” the statement reads.

Will there be more strikes?

Following his meeting with Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the new transport secretary, Mr. Lynch recently adopted a more upbeat demeanor.

Days after starting her new job, Ms. Trevelyan met Mr. Lynch. Last month, Mr. Lynch said in an interview with Sky News that it was a “good meeting with a positive attitude.”

He claimed that by tying them to an impossible-to-fulfill mandate, her predecessor appeared to be impeding everyone, including the employers.

“If someone wants to meet you and shakes your hand, that’s a good start,” he continued. It’s a better way to conduct business than simply criticizing one another, which is not something that I enjoy doing and that I hope she doesn’t either.

Network Rail CEO Andrew Haines stated, “We want to give our employees a decent pay increase. We must pay for this ourselves because it is unfair to ask taxpayers or passengers to do so. This is doable if the unions cooperate with us to modernize and operate the railway more effectively.

“Our most recent offer, an 8% pay increase over two years with other benefits, is within our means, but the RMT won’t let its members vote on it.”

Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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