– Who is occurring strike?
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail and 13 prepare operators.
– When are the strikes?
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
– How dangerous will the disruption be?
Fewer than one in 5 trains will run, and solely on principal traces and just for round 11 hours, beginning later and ending earlier.
– Will there be strikes on the London Underground?
Yes. Members of the RMT and Unite will strike on Tuesday.
– Are different unions concerned in the dispute?
Yes. The Transport Salaried Staffs Association and the drivers union Aslef are additionally taking industrial motion or balloting for strikes.
– What are the strikes about?
The railways are proposing to make effectivity financial savings, particularly as fewer passengers are travelling by prepare due to the pandemic, which has led to extra individuals working from dwelling.
– Why are the unions hanging?
They argue that lots of their members labored all through the virus disaster and had been hailed as ‘Covid heroes’ however now face job cuts, modifications to their working circumstances and pay rises effectively beneath the charge of inflation following years of wage freezes.
– Will there be extra strikes after this week?
Yes. Members of Aslef on the Croydon Tramlink will stage a 48-hour walkout subsequent week, and extra strikes are seemingly if there may be not a breakthrough.
– Have there been talks to attempt to resolve the dispute?
Yes. Talks continued till Monday, involving senior RMT and rail trade officers.
– Why hasn’t the Government been concerned in the negotiations?
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps mentioned it’s as much as the unions and employers to barter pay and circumstances, however Labour and the unions imagine he ought to be collaborating in the talks.
– What are the effectivity financial savings the trade desires?
They largely revolve round the use of latest technology, equivalent to drones to examine on railway tracks fairly than having staff stroll alongside traces.
– How many roles are more likely to be misplaced?
Unions imagine between 2,000 and 2,500 jobs are in danger.
– Who are the union leaders?
The RMT basic secretary is Mick Lynch, who has labored for the union for many years after an earlier profession in the constructing trade. He took over from Mick Cash, who had succeeded Bob Crow after his sudden loss of life.
The TSSA is led by Manuel Cortes, and Aslef by Mick Whelan, who’re each lengthy standing officers in the rail unions.
– Are the union leaders driving the strikes?
Thousands of RMT members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strikes, whereas related outcomes are anticipated amongst TSSA and Aslef members at the moment being balloted.
– Has a pay provide been made and what are the unions asking for?
Mr Lynch mentioned that a suggestion of a 2% pay improve had been made, with the potential to go 3% if all of the reforms are accepted.
The unions level to the 11% charge of RPI inflation, though they haven’t formally put a determine on their calls for.