Rail strike Wednesday 27 July

Image above: Chiswick Station; photograph Michael Nolan

Passengers urged to travel ‘only if absolutely necessary’

Members of the RMT union are staging another rail strike this Wednesday (27 July).

Some 40,000 staff working for Network Rail and 14 train operators, including South Western Railway which runs services through Chiswick Station.

With Network Rail signallers and more than 2,100 SWR RMT members taking industrial action, SWR will run a severely reduced timetable on strike days, with significant parts of the network closed. A late-starting service will operate across the network on Thursday 28 July.

The railway company says: ‘You are urged to only travel by rail if absolutely necessary on this strike day.

‘We are sorry for the disruption this strike will cause and thank you for your patience and understanding as the rail industry works to bring this damaging nationwide action to an end.’

Biggest rail strike for 30 years

The programme of strikes, which saw three days of strikes in June, is the biggest in the rail industry for 30 years

The action is over pay, jobs and terms and conditions. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said the union would continue to try to reach a deal with Network Rail ahead of Wednesday.

“If we could get a breakthrough then we wouldn’t have to take strike action but there’s a big gap between the parties at the moment,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“So I’m not going to raise false hopes but we are constantly in dialogue with all of the elements of the industry.”

On Monday the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) announced its staff had also agreed to strike on 18 and 20 August at seven train operating companies: Avanti West Coast, c2c, East Midlands Railway, CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, LNER, and Southeastern.

British Airways staff get 8% pay rise

At the weekend British Airways staff announced they were calling off their strike action after they accepted an 8% pay rise. A total of 700 workers – mostly check-in staff – had been set to strike during the summer over a 10% pay cut imposed during the pandemic which BA were not intending to restore.

The GMB and Unite unions said more than 75% of members backed the pay deal.

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