UK train strikes: When are workers taking industrial action this summer and will it impact the Metro?
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Following days of disruption over the last few months, rail workers are continuing industrial action this summer with strikes over a series of days throughout the coming days and weeks announced by the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (Aslef) and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).
When are rail workers striking this summer?
Strikes are ongoing for train drivers at the moment, although this industrial action will not stop train services completely. ASLEF members voted to take action in the form of banning overtime. This was initially expected to come to an end on Saturday, August 5 but has been extended for another week.
This means some services across the country, including those in and out of Newcastle, may get cancelled or delayed at short notice.
The new strike dates, announced on Friday, August 11, will run on Saturday, August 26 and Saturday, September 2.
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The RMT strikes will impact:
- Chiltern Railways
- Cross Country Trains
- Greater Anglia,
- East Midlands Railway,
- Great Western Railway,
- Northern Trains,
- South Eastern
- South Western Railway
- Transpennine Express,
- Avanti West Coast,
- West Midlands Trains
- GTR (including Gatwick Express)
Is the Tyne and Wear Metro impacted by the current train strikes?
The current strikes are not impacting Tyne and Wear Metro services.
Why are workers striking?
Strikes are in place due to pay, jobs and working conditions. ASLEF claims some members have not seen a pay rise for four years while the RMT claims workers are striking over working conditions, pay and job security.