Strikes hit rail networks across the country earlier in October, with three different unions staging walkouts, and it looks like further action is on the way, with a tube strike taking place on November 10.
When are the rail strikes?
The RMT had also announced larger strike action on November 5, 7 and 9. These have now been called off.
Previously announced strike action for Thursday, November 3 has been rescheduled for the 10th to avoid conflict with the British Legion’s London Poppy Day appeal. This action on London Underground will still take place.
TfL have warned that there still could be some disruption on the days that previously were due to see strike action, so be sure to check before travelling on these days.
Will there be a Tube strike?
Yes. The RMT strike on November 10 will involve the Tube, and could leave London Overground and Underground at a standstill. This strike is still expected to go ahead despite cancellations to the other days of strike action.
Why were the rail strikes called off?
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “The threat of strike action and our strongly supported industrial campaign has made the rail employers see sense.
“We have always wanted to secure a negotiated settlement and that is what we will continue to push for in this next phase of intensive talks.
“Our priority is our members, and we are working towards securing a deal on job security, a decent pay rise and good working conditions.
“Our re-ballot remains live and if we have to take strike action during the next 6 months to secure a deal, we will.”
Why were there rail strikes?
The RMT announced strikes over a pay offer “U-Turn” from Network Rail, and the union is walking out over working conditions, job security and pay.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “On the one hand they (Network Rail) were telling our negotiators that they were prepared to do a deal, while planning to torpedo negotiations by imposing unacceptable changes to our members’ terms and conditions.
“Our members are livid with these duplicitous tactics, and they will now respond in kind with sustained strike action.”
These strikes were cancelled in the wake of good-faith negotiations.
Why is there still a Tube strike?
The Tube strike on Thursday November 10, will proceed in the wake of negotiations between TfL and RMT breaking down once again as a compromise was unable to be reached.
Said Mick Lynch: “TfL have missed a golden opportunity to make progress in these negotiations and avoid strike action on Thursday.
“Our members are resolute in their determination to see a just settlement to this jobs and pensions dispute. And they will continue their industrial campaign for as long as it takes.
“TfL need to start making compromises and work with the union to reach a deal that works for staff and avoids further disruption to the lives of passengers.”
Are more rail strikes planned?
There are no further dates announced, though it is expected the waves of rail strikes across multiple unions including RMT and Aslef will continue this year and into 2023.
This is a developing story, and Secret London will bring you further updates as they are announced.