When is the next train strike? Dates for December 2022 and January 2023

There are only two days when strikes do not take place – New Year’s Day and January 2 (Image: Metro.co.uk)

The UK is bracing for more travel disruptions looking to extend into the new year, with several train strikes announced for December and January.

It was believed that December’s rail strikes could be called off after the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) held talks with the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).

However, RMT boss Mick Lynch announced on 4 December that he had rejected RDG’s offer of a 4% pay rise for 2022 and 2023, as it did not meet any of our criteria to secure a settlement of long-term job security, a decent pay rise and protect the working conditions.’

The RMT leader has now called for a meeting with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in an open letter saying: ‘it is now clear to my union and the wider public that No 10 controls the mandate of the rail companies and has torpedoed the talks.’

Now even more industrial action – which directly affects Christmas holidays – is on the way.

So when can you expect the round of strike action to take place? Here is everything you need to know.

When is the next train strike?

Train drivers are next set to strike today, Tuesday 13 Decemberuntil Saturday (with the exception of Thursday)


When does the train strike?

RMT members will take strike action on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 13 December 2022
  • Wednesday 14 December 2022
  • Friday 16 December 2022
  • Saturday 17 December 2022
  • Saturday 24 December 2022 (Christmas Eve from 6pm onwards)
  • Sunday 25 December 2022 (Christmas Day)
  • Monday 26 December 2022 (Boxing Day until 06.00 Tuesday 27 December)
  • Tuesday 3 January 2023
  • Wednesday 4 January 2023
  • Thursday 6 January 2023
  • Friday the 7th January 2023

Although there are no dues on Thursday, you should expect delays as a result of the previous two days of strikes, before more strikes occur from December 16.

An overtime ban planned from 18 December to 2 January has been cancelled, the RMT said on 5 December.

Which rail companies will be affected by the strikes?

The strikes 13., 14., 16.17. The 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th January are national rail strikes, meaning there will be little or no services running across all rail companies across the country.

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However, there are also localized rail strikes happening across December, such as Unite members’ action on the East Midlands Railway – which is happening on Friday 23 December and Saturday 24 December.

Why do the strikes happen?

Jernbaneforbund is in an ongoing dispute with the government and rail companies over pay, job cuts and changes to terms and conditions – with a settlement between the parties yet to be reached.

Unions say members’ wages do not reflect the rising cost of living.

The RMT’s Mick Lynch has said of the latest action: “This latest round of strikes will show how important our members are to the running of this country and will send a clear message that we want a good deal on job security, pay and conditions for our people .

“We have been reasonable, but it is impossible to find a negotiated settlement when the dead hand of the government presides over these talks.”

Mick Lynch, General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT)

Mick Lynch has been an important figure during the strike action (Image: Guy Smallman / Getty Images)

He went on to apologize to the public for what had happened and urged “all trade unionists in the UK to take a stand and fight for better pay and conditions in their respective industries.”

Network Rail’s chief negotiator Tim Shoveller said: “No one can deny the precarious financial hole in which the railway finds itself.

“Strike widens that gap and the task of finding a solution becomes increasingly difficult.

“Only through reforms, which will not cause anyone to lose their job, can savings be made which can then be converted into an improved offer. And while progress has been made over the past two weeks, we have yet to find that breakthrough.

“We will not give up and hope that the RMT will come back to the table with a more realistic understanding of the situation.”

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