More Train Strikes Are Happening, In May And June

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 13 months ago

Last Updated 19 May 2023

More Train Strikes Are Happening, In May And June
A train at blue and purple train at the platform

Three more days of train strikes have been announced by the ASLEF Union and one by the RMT — taking place in May and June 2023.

ASLEF members of staff who work for 16 train companies will walk out on:

  • Friday 12 May
  • Wednesday 31 May
  • Saturday 3 June

Separately, members of the RMT Union will strike on Saturday 13 May, affecting 14 train operators.

Update: Members of the RMT Union will also be striking on Friday 2 June.

The earliest of those dates are likely to affect people travelling to Liverpool for Eurovision, while the latter two fall within the May half term school holiday for most of the country. Saturday 3 June is also the date of the FA Cup final, with Manchester United and Manchester City fans due to travel to Wembley.

The train operating companies affected — including several which operate in and around London — are: Avanti West Coast; Chiltern Railways; CrossCountry; East Midlands Railway; Great Western Railway; Greater Anglia; GTR Great Northern Thameslink; London North Eastern Railway; Northern Trains; Southeastern; Southern/Gatwick Express; South Western Railway depot drivers; SWR Island Line; TransPennine Express; and West Midlands Trains.

The reason for this latest strike? Pay. ASLEF has rejected what it calls a 'risible' offer of a 4% pay rise.

Meanwhile, the RMT Union is re-balloting its members for strike action on the London Underground. Its current mandate to undertake strike action runs out in June, but if its members agree to continue strike action, we could see more tube strikes into the summer.