Trains, Tubes and Buses: What’s next for UK strikes?

LONDON: UK’s transport the network has been wracked by a series of strikes since the summer as workers fight for pay rises that keep pace with inflation and, in some cases, oppose post-Covid changes to the system.
London’s commuters endured another strike on the London Underground earlier this month, ahead of a strike by station staff on November 25.
Without a breakthrough in the negotiations, serious travel disruptions are now set before Christmas.
When are the next rail strikes?
The Aslef The Train Drivers’ Association announced that members will walk out on November 26 at 11 of the country’s operating companies, including those running mainline services such as Avanti West Coast, Great Western Rail and LNER.
Further strikes are planned for December 13, 14, 16 and 17 by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, and the union says 40,000 of its members will walk out at 14 train companies as well as Network Rail.
Passengers should also be wary of cancellations during the important holiday season. The RMT said there will be an overtime ban between December 18 and January 2.
RMT has planned a train strike for next year, 3, 4, 6 and 7 January.
Are bus drivers planning to walk out too?
Yes. London bus drivers employed by Abellio Transport Group Ltd are striking on November 25 and 26, followed by seven days in December, affecting services across much of the British capital. Metroline Ltd.’s buses in London also face seven days of strike action.
What are these disputes about?
Mostly they are about salary. Like dock workers in Liverpool, who secured a 9% basic pay rise earlier in November, transport workers want increases close to Britain’s inflation rate, which has been in and out of double digits in recent months.
Unite, which represents the bus drivers, says Abellio initially showed a willingness to increase pay, but has since failed to make any offer to staff or engage in “meaningful” talks. Aslef says that, although talks are ongoing, no salary offer has been made.
Has there been no progress?
Rail strikes were suspended in early November by some of Britain’s biggest unions, the RMT and TSSA, as they entered what were described as “intensive negotiations” over pay.
However, RMT still announced further dates later in the month. Boss Mick Lynch met Transport Secretary Mark Harper on November 24 in an attempt to pave the way for more fruitful talks with train companies.

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