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October industrial action announced

Following the recent burial of the late Elizabeth II, rail unions have announced upcoming strike dates coming in for October, where members of the ASLEF Union working for 12 different train operating companies will conduct industrial action on Saturday 1 and Wednesday 5 October.

Rail operators affected are listed below:

  • Avanti West Coast
  • Chiltern Railways
  • CrossCountry
  • Greater Anglia
  • Great Western Railway
  • Hull Trains
  • LNER
  • London Overground
  • Northern Trains
  • Southeastern
  • TransPennine Express
  • West Midlands Trains

These strikes will cause major disruptions for passengers across the country as the ongoing industrial action continues to plight British commuters and disrupt their schedules. Fortunately for many passengers in the nation’s capital, TfL and London Underground will remain unaffected, though will see busier services as they account for the closure of the London Overground.

A Rail Delivery Group spokesperson said:

“These strikes will once again hugely inconvenience the very passengers the industry needs to support its recovery from the ongoing impact of the pandemic. They range from those left out of pocket because they can’t get to work, to people missing vital appointments and to thousands of London marathon participants, who, after months of training, will have their journeys to London disrupted at the weekend.   

“The strikes are not in the long-term interests of rail workers or building a sustainable rail industry. We want to give our people a pay rise, but without the reforms we are proposing, we simply cannot deliver pay increases. Revenue is still around 80% of pre-pandemic levels, no business can survive that scale of upheaval without implementing change.

“The actions of union leaders have very real consequences: every strike day takes more money out of their members’ pockets. We want to see the industry and its people thrive - we are asking the unions’ leadership to do the right thing, call off these damaging strikes and work with us to make that happen”.

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