Four More Days Of Train Strikes Announced For March And April

Laura Reynolds
By Laura Reynolds Last edited 7 months ago
Four More Days Of Train Strikes Announced For March And April

***Update: as of 22 March, the planned strikes on 3o March and 1 April have been suspended and will not go ahead.***

A train at blue and purple train at the platform

Members of the RMT rail union have announced that they will take four more days of strike action.

The dates are:

  • Thursday 16 March 2023
  • Saturday 18 March 2023
  • Thursday 30 March 2023 Strike suspended
  • Saturday 1 April 2023 Strike suspended

Members of 14 train operating companies will take part in the national strike action. At time of writing, it's not known how severe the disruption caused will be, but past RMT strikes have seen some operators, including Southeastern, close parts or all of their networks.

In addition to the strike action, RMT members in various working roles will refuse to work extra hours for set seven-day periods.

This applies to staff in maintenance roles on the following dates:

  • Friday 17-Thursday 23 March
  • Friday 31 March-Thursday 6 April
  • Friday 14-Thursday 20 April

RMT members in operations roles will take part in an overtime ban on the following days:

  • Sunday 26 March-Saturday 1 April
  • Sunday 9-Saturday 15 April
  • Sunday 23- Saturday 29 April

During each of these seven days periods, members will not do any overtime, rest day working ban and non-rostered Sunday working, so although disruption won't be as severe as on strike days, train services may be cancelled due to a lack of staff available to run them, or due to trains being unavailable through lack of maintenance.

According to the RMT, these strikes are a result of employers' refusal "to put any new offers on the table" relating to pay, job security and working conditions.

Last Updated 23 March 2023