When are the national rail strikes 2022 and when do they finish? | The Sun

FOR three days in June, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) will go on strike.

This is all you need to know about the upcoming strike action and how it might affect you.

When does the national rail strike start and finish?

The national rail strike will take place on three days – June 21, 23 and 25.

On the first day of the strikes, there are expected to be around 50,000 workers who will walk out across Network Rail, 13 train companies and the London Underground.

On Thursday and Saturday, no London Underground strikes will occur but there is expected to be 40,000 workers absent from their jobs across rail operators.

Trains will start later and finish earlier than usual, between 7.30 am and 6.30 pm.

Which train lines are affected by the rail strike?

More than 40,000 Network Rail staff and 13 train operators are expected to take part in the strike.

The 13 train operators are:

  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross County Trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • LNER
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Great Western Railway
  • Northern Trains
  • South Eastern Railyway
  • South Western Railway
  • TransPennine Express
  • Avanti West Coast
  • West Midlands Trains

How will the national rail strike affect you?

The strike will take place during a time in which there will be many events happening across the UK.

Glastonbury festival starts on June 22, 2022, while the test match between England and New Zealand will also be taking place that week in Leeds.

Meanwhile, there will also be performances by Sir Elton John and The Rolling Stones in London's Hyde Park while that week will see the kick-off of the British Athletics Championships in Manchester.

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On June 24 and 25, there will be a meeting between the Commonwealth Head of Governments in London, given that it is Armed Forces Day on June 25.

Will there be any more rail strikes in 2022?

At the moment there are no more rail strikes planned for 2022.

The strike comes after Network Rail and train operating companies are putting staff on pay freezes and plan to cut thousands of jobs.

RMT claims these cuts will make the railways unsafe.

There have been many talks between the union and organisation to secure a pay proposal or guarantee no compulsory redundancies, but they have all been unsuccessful.

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Head of union, Michael Lynch insisted that they "don't want to cause misery" as they announced the biggest rail strike in 33 years.

He said: "We've got a cost of living crisis and our workers have been working throughout the pandemic and their reward has been a pay freeze.

"I understand the anger of people – but I also understand the anger of our workers.

"We're not holding the public hostage – but we're not going to accept the poverty of our members.

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"I would like to find another way other than strike but we've been talking to these companies for two years.

"You're asking us to be passive in the face of aggression."

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