Network Rail suspends ticket sales for June strike dates

Change your plans if you can! National Rail suspends ticket sales for June strike datesincluding Glastonburywhen militant hard-left unions will bring the country to a halt

  • Britons face more travel misery as thousands of railways workers voted to stage three days of strikes in June
  • Die Spoor, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) en 13 train operators voted to strike after talks broke down
  • The strike action will take place on June 21, 23 en 25 with a further strike planned for London Underground
  • RMT said rail staff who worked through the pandemic were facing pay freezes while bosses enjoy huge profits
  • The transport watchdog said it is ‘passengers who suffer mostand said it is vital both parties continue talks
  • Sale of advanced rail tickets during the worst strikes planned for 33 years have been suspended today and those already booked on trains have been told to change their plans as millions face delays and disruption at the end of June.

    The hard-left Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) gesê 50,000 members at 13 train operators and Netwerkspoor will walk out on June 21, 23 en 25, met more to follow if a row over pay and job cuts is not resolved. 1,000 Unite members will also now strike on day one.

    The industrial action across Britain will disrupt work, school during GSCE and A-level exams and events such as Glastonbury over five days at the end of this month on the railways and the Tube. The logistical problems it will cause means the strike will actually cause problems for an entire week.

    Today the sales of advance tickets have now had to be suspended for the strike days until emergency timetables have been finalised, meaning the UK’s railway network, already handed £16billion of taxpayersmoney to keep it going in the pandemic, is being starved of more funds.

    And South Western Railway, which runs services to some of Britain’s busiest stations including Waterloo and Clapham Junction, today laid bare the impact the strike will have on the 1.6million passengers that use their trains each day.

    Why is there going to be a national rail strike and what will it mean for millions using trains and Tube each day?

    What is happening on the trains?

    Members of the Rail, Maritiem en vervoer (RMT) union at Network Rail and 13 train operators will strike on June 21, 23 en 25.

    What impact will that have?

    Fewer than one in five trains are expected to run on those dates, with services potentially restricted to between 7am and 7pm, and only on main lines.

    Will there be more strikes?

    Further industrial action is likely throughout the summer unless a resolution is reached in the dispute over pay, jobs and pensions.

    This could put passengers off from making plans to travel by train.

    Are there more London Underground strikes?

    10,000 RMT workers will walk out on June 21 to coincide with the first rail strike, increasing the disruption for passengers. 1,000 from Unite will also join.

    Is other industrial action affecting services?

    ScotRail has cut daily services by a third due to a pay dispute between the operator and railway unions.

    What about flights?

    Airline passengers have suffered widespread cancellations and long queues at airports for several months.

    The aviation industry is desperately trying to recruit more workers, but there are fears the chaos could continue during the peak summer holiday period in July and August.

    Should I take a boat instead?

    Ferry firms are not suffering the same level of disruption as airlines, although passengers arriving at the Port of Dover before last week’s half-term school holiday were forced to queue for several hours.

    Is driving a better option?

    Many people may try to avoid travel disruption by driving to where they need to go.

    But motorists are already being hit by record fuel prices, and there are concerns average prices could exceed £2 per litre this summer.

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    In a warning tweet the company said: ‘It is likely that significant parts of the SWR network will be unavailable for travel on and between those dates. Where routes are open, it is likely that far fewer trains will run than normal so services will be busy. Customers are urged to change their travel plans if they can’.

    Rail freight could also be hit, resulting in empty shelves and a petrol shortage. Ministers have been warned that multiple-day strikes could lead to lights going out in places due to trains being unable to supply power stations.

    Downing Street has said the Government remains committed to introducing minimum service standards on the railways but indicated legislation was not expected before this month’s planned strikes, despite being in their 2019 manifesto.

    Die premier se amptelike woordvoerder het gesê: ‘We are keeping all options on the table. Minimum services standards are something the Government is committed to.

    ‘I am not aware of any plans for legislating on that in the next few weeks. Given the scale of these strikes that are imposed, simply introducing one single piece of legislation would not necessarily mitigate against all the damage.

    Die woordvoerder het bygevoeg: ‘In die eerste plek, it would not be right for the unions to skip the first step in this processwhich is to negotiateand go straight to strike action.

    But critics have urged them to ‘get a grip’. Tory chair of the Commons Transport Commitee, Huw Merriman, called for a minimum service during strikes, like in the EU, where around a third of trains must run during industrial action. Hy het gesê: ‘The unions have fought very hard. And will not back down. But the Government committed to bringing a minimum service obligationthen it may need that legislation in place to strengthen its hand. We regard the rail as an essential service’.

    Travel guru Paul Charles said: ‘It’s looking like a summer meltdown with problems on roads, railways and at airports. Someone has got to get a grip on protecting what used to be the Great British Getaway. 'Ek voel asof al wat ek voortdurend doen, net probeer om al my depressie en pyn op hierdie stadium te ontsnap, the whole of the summer is going to be causing real hardship because it will be too unpredictable to travel. So that’s why we need tough decisions, not dithering.

    The militant union chief plotting the worst rail and Tube strikes for 33 years was today accused of giving a faux apology. Mick Lynch, who enjoys more than £124,000-a-year in pay and benefits, has dismissed anger that the nationwide industrial action will hit major events, insluitend konserte, test match cricket and festivals, verklaar: ‘There is never a good time for railway dispute. We can’t passively sit around’.

    Mr Lynch also insisted that he didn’t want to hit the British economy, despite experts estimating each day of strikes costs the country between £10million and £50million in lost productivity and sales.

    The RMT has threatened many more strike dates in a summer of discontent if the dispute over pay and jobs isn’t resolved at a time when Britain is in the middle of the worst cost of living crisis in a generation. The strikes are part of a ‘summer meltdownwith problems at Britain’s airports, many of which are in disarray because of staff shortages. And in more bad news, the walkout by 50,000 union members means rail freight could also be hit, resulting in empty shelves and a petrol shortage.

    Mr Lynch said: ‘We don’t want disruption for anyone and I apologise for that. We don’t follow the comings and goings of Glastonbury or pop concerts. There is never a good time for railway dispute. I want the economy to be sound. But we can’t passively sit around while our members become poorer and are under the threat of losing their jobs’.

    Hy het bygevoeg: ‘We haven’t got a pay deal in three years while inflation is rampant. And our members have had enough’.

    Talks between Network Rail (NR) and the union are expected to be held in the next few days, sources told the PA news agency. It is understood that during opening talks the RMT was offered a minimum two per cent pay increase for workers.

    The union’s negotiators were told that this could increase if they were willing to accept modernisation of working practices. Its resistance to modernisation has been branded ‘absurd’, with one senior industry source last month revealing how the union was even blocking staff from using mobile phone apps to better communicate with each other during the pandemic.

    'Alhoewel die ergste van #StormEunice verby is, kan die effek daarvan tot in die komende dae strek, which runs services to some of Britain's busiest stations including Waterloo and Clapham Junction, today laid bare the impact the strike will have on the 1.6million passengers that use their trains each day, warning them of disruption and urging them to change their plans

    'Alhoewel die ergste van #StormEunice verby is, kan die effek daarvan tot in die komende dae strek, which runs services to some of Britain’s busiest stations including Waterloo and Clapham Junction, today laid bare the impact the strike will have on the 1.6million passengers that use their trains each day, warning them of disruption and urging them to change their plans

    Union boss Mick Lynch was pictured enjoying his journey on the new Elizabeth Line after his RMT union voted to strike across much of the capital's underground network on Monday, causing widespread chaos in London with most zone 1 stations closed

    Union boss Mick Lynch was pictured enjoying his journey on the new Elizabeth Line after his RMT union voted to strike across much of the capital’s underground network on Monday, causing widespread chaos in London with most zone 1 stations closed

    The £125,000-a-year ‘fat catunion boss threatening to grind the UK to a halt: Former electrician Mick Lynch lives in London home worth almost £1m

    General Secretary Mick Lynch - who once sighed 'All I want from life is a bit of socialism' - collects a £84,174 salary

    General Secretary Mick Lynchwho once sighed ‘All I want from life is a bit of socialism’ – collects a £84,174 salary

    The militant RMT union barons causing chaos for commuters are spearheaded by union leader Mick Lynch, who once sighed ‘All I want from life is a bit of socialism’ – and now collects a salary of £84,174.

    His package is reportedly more than £124,000-a-year and he lived in a terraced house in Ealing (op die foto) worth approaching £1million. He paid £394,000 for it in 2008.

    Lynch has said he ‘will not restuntil a ‘justagreement is reached in the latest strikes.

    In Maart, Lynch organised the worst Tube strikes in five yearswith two days of walkouts against changes to jobs, pensions and working conditions.

    Lynch was once considered a centrist compared with former general secretary Bob Crow — but, after taking charge, hy het gesê: ‘The unions have got to make a militant standand use the strike weapon wherever it’s appropriate’.

    Hy verlaat die skool by 16 and trained as an electrician but was blacklisted due to union activity, so joined the railways.

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    NR is also drawing up contingency plans, with the strikes expected to cause disruption to services for six days, from the first walkout on Tuesday June 21 to the day after the third strike.

    Fewer than one in five trains are likely to run, and only between 7am and 7pm, probably only on main lines.

    Health Secretary Sajid Javid called on the unions to call off their action. He said union leaders should ‘act like adultsand come to a ‘sensible solutionto disputes in the rail industry.

    Mr Javid told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘When it comes to these strikes, it is very disappointing what the unions have said, because it’s not just going to cause misery for the travellers, but it’s actually, ek dink, the wrong outcome for the workers as well.

    ‘Because anyone working in this industry, any industry for that matter, you want it to be sustainable for the long term. It’s not possible to keep giving it the same level of support it got during the pandemic.

    Put to him that the Government could legislate to ward off the strikes, hy het gesê: ‘There are of course options for the Government. And I know that my colleague, the Secretary of State for Transport, will be looking at all options.

    ‘But the most important thing right now would be for the union leaders to get around the table with the industry leaders and just basically act like adults and just to come to a sensible solution.

    No direct talks are planned between the union and train operators, although the RMT said it is open to ‘meaningful negotiationsto try to resolve the dispute.

    Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines said the organisation is ‘doing everything we canto avoid the strike action.

    ‘There are two weeks until the first strike is planned. We will use this time to keep talking to our unions and, through compromise and common sense on both sides, we hope to find a solution and avoid the damage that strike action would cause all involved,’ hy het gesê.

    Which train operators will be affected?

    Union members from National Rail and 13 different operators have voted to carry out strike action this month.

    Those operators are:

    • Weskus Avontuur
    • Die treinoperateurs wat Vrydagmiddag opgehou het om alle dienste te bedryf, was
    • 'Alhoewel die ergste van #StormEunice verby is, kan die effek daarvan tot in die komende dae strek
    • Landloop
    • East Midlands Railway
    • 'Alhoewel die ergste van #StormEunice verby is, kan die effek daarvan tot in die komende dae strek
    • GWR
    • LNER
    • Noordelik
    • Suidoostelike
    • 'Alhoewel die ergste van #StormEunice verby is, kan die effek daarvan tot in die komende dae strek
    • TransPennine Express
    • West Midlands Treine (including London Northwestern Railway)
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    Rail Delivery Group chairman Steve Montgomery said the strikes are ‘needless and damaging’.

    Industry insiders point to Drax power station in North Yorkshire, which can only stockpile supplies sufficient for two or three days and services millions of homes.

    Tesco and Puma Energy, which supplies garage forecourts, have also raised concerns about supply lines.

    Hoe 1989 rail and Tube strikes caused chaos for commuters

    By Harry Howard, History Correspondent for MailOnline

    In 1989, the country was gripped by a wave of strikes by railway and London Underground workers.

    In April 1989, a day-long wildcat Tube strike left hundreds of thousands of Londoners battling to get to work.

    Uit 470 tube drivers, 300 stayed away from work. The strike took place over demands for huge pay hike.

    The union boss who was orchestrating the strikes was Jimmy Knapp, who led the National Union of Railwaymen (NUR) and then the newly-formed RMT from 1990.

    The April strike was a sign of worse misery that was to come, with Knapp announcing plans to begin an indefinite Tube strike from May 8.

    British Railthe state-run body that operated Britain’s railwayshad made a seven per cent pay offer that was rejected by the NUR and other rail unions.

    In 1989, the country was gripped by a wave of strikes by railway and London Underground workers. Bo: Queues for buses and taxis du

    In 1989, the country was gripped by a wave of strikes by railway and London Underground workers. Bo: Queues for buses and taxis du

    Railway union bosses were also up in arms over a plan to end national wage bargaining.

    Op dieselfde tyd, bus workers were threatening to strike over demands for a 14 per cent pay rise.

    Another factor that was leading to threats by 12,000 Tube workers to strike was a proposal to allow promotion based on merit, rather than giving preference to staff who simply had a record of long service.

    In an attempt to avoid the one-day wildcat walkouts over pay, Tube bosses had offered a £30-a-week pay rise, plus two weeksextra holiday.

    Die Mei 8 chaos was at least partly avoided when the High Court banned the Tube strike, because the ballot to members had been incorrectly phrased. Despite this scores of trains were still cancelled as workers downed tools illegally.

    The Daily Mail covered the chaos imposed by rail and Tube workers with their strikes in 1989, which reached their peak in the summer before a pay deal ended the disputes

    The Daily Mail covered the chaos imposed by rail and Tube workers with their strikes in 1989, which reached their peak in the summer before a pay deal ended the disputes

    British Rail then tried to end their dispute with workers by paying them the rejected seven per cent rise.

    Egter, union leader Knapp insisted on pressing on with a series of random 24-hour strikes that would hit every week.

    Another court bid was launched in an attempt to stop the first of the strikes, which had been planned for the middle of June.

    But when the legal attempt failed, millions of commuters suffered travel misery.

    Along with a mass strike by railway workers, Tube and London bus drivers walked out in coordinated fashion.

    A woman stands on her car bonnet as she tries to see a way through traffic queues during another co-ordinated bus and tube strike in London in 1989

    A woman stands on her car bonnet as she tries to see a way through traffic queues during another co-ordinated bus and tube strike in London in 1989

    In an attempt to beat the strikes, all hotels in the centre of the capital were booked up by firms for their staff, with taxis and coach firms also recording record business.

    Trains from London to Scotland were totally shutdown, whilst the AA warned of a ‘journey into the unknownon the roads.

    Die volgende maand, successive one-day strikes by rail workers hit on every Wednesday, meaning there where four mass stoppages in four weeks, whilst Tube workers also had a mandate for up to three 24-hour strikes a week.

    Tube workers ultimately carried out 13 one-day strikes since their dispute began in April.

    The chaos showed signs of coming to an end at the end of July, when Knapp said he would tell workers to accept British Rail’s pay 8.8 per cent pay offer.

    In Augustus, Tube strikers did the same after accepting a 8.75 per cent increase in basic pay.

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    A Government source said the RMT union’s actions were ‘utter follyand would ‘hugely inconveniencethe travelling public and alienate those whose ticket purchases ‘ultimately support RMT jobs’.

    Die bron het bygevoeg: ‘The RMT appears to believe that the way you engage in meaningful negotiation is to put a gun to the head of an industry still struggling from the aftershock of the pandemic.

    It is another blow to travellers, who are already facing a summer of chaos at airports due to staff shortages and some airlines overbooking flights, and UK infrastructure as petrol prices hit £2 a litre this week.

    Met die aantal mense wat uit die land verdryf is deur die oorlog wat verduister, wat op Dinsdag begin en tot Saterdag duur, sal reischaos veroorsaak vir mense wat na 'n aantal groot geleenthede gaan, insluitend konserte, toetswedstrydkrieket en die Glastonbury-fees – watter starts on June 22 en duur tot Junie 26, met baie feesgangers wat beplan om per trein na die terrein te reis.

    The strikes could also cause disruption for voters in the two upcoming by-elections, with both seats being decided on June 23, and GCSE students sitting exams this summer.

    Ander byeenkomste daardie week sluit in Engeland teen Nieu-Seeland in 'n toetswedstryd in Leeds, die Britse atletiekkampioenskappe in Manchester, en optredes in Londen se Hyde Park deur Elton John (Junie 24) en die Rolling Stones (Junie 25).

    Rail chiefs were last night scrambling to put in place contingency measures which would see freight trains prioritised over passenger services to prevent blackouts in some areas and ensure supermarket shelves and petrol forecourts remain stocked.

    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said railway workers had been ‘treated appallinglyand ‘despite our best efforts in negotiations, the rail industry with the support of the government has failed to take their concerns seriously’.

    Over the last decade, the median earnings for train drivers have risen 39 persent, far above the national average of 23 persent, of 15 per cent for nurses. Train drivers on average earn £59,000, compared with £31,000 for nurses and £41,000 for police officers. Rail workers can also retire at 62, earlier than civil servants, nurses and teachers.

    Tory MP Greg Smith, who sits on the Commons transport committee, gesê: ‘This is our first proper summer of people getting back on and enjoying great sporting, musical and cultural occasions only to find that the summer’s going to be wrecked by dinosaur action from a different era holding the country to ransom.

    ‘It’s time the RMT woke up, understood the damage they’re causing to people’s lives and livelihoods and got on with providing the service that the nation relies on.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps described the announcement as ‘incredibly disappointingand urged the union to return to talks with the rail industry in a bid to prevent ‘driving passengers from the rail network for good’.

    The transport watchdog said it is ‘passengers who suffer mostand said it is vital both parties continue talks to prevent uncertainty.

    It comes as the RMT also announced another 24-hour strike on Londense metro in a separate row over jobs and pensions.

    Tube workers will strike for a second time this month on June 21 to coincide with the first rail strike, threatening widespread travel chaos.

    Intussen, hundreds of check-in and ground staff employed by British Airways at Heathrow began voting on strike action yesterday.

    Members of the Unite and GMB unions are being balloted in a dispute over pay which could cause yet more chaos at the UK’s busiest airport during the summer holiday period.

    Travellers continue to experience delays and cancelled flights at Britain’s airports, with thousands of families left stranded abroad.

    The union said it will be the biggest strike on the railways since 1989.

    Union members voted overwhelmingly for action last month in growing rows over pay and job losses.

    The union wants a guarantee that no compulsory redundancies will be made as ministers ask the industry to make £2billion in savings after being bailed out during the pandemic and passenger numbers stabilising at around 75 per cent post-pandemic.

    It also wants pay rises for members in line with the RPI rate of inflation – tans 11.1 persent.

    The RMT said rail staff who worked through the pandemic were facing pay freezes and hundreds of job cuts.

    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: ‘Railway workers have been treated appallingly and despite our best efforts in negotiations, the rail industry with the support of the government has failed to take their concerns seriously.

    ‘We have a cost-of-living crisis, and it is unacceptable for railway workers to either lose their jobs or face another year of a pay freeze when inflation is at 11.1 per cent and rising.

    ‘Our union will now embark on a sustained campaign of industrial action which will shut down the railway system.

    ‘Rail companies are making at least £500m a year in profits, while fat cat rail bosses have been paid millions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    ‘This unfairness is fuelling our members anger and their determination to win a fair settlement.

    ‘RMT is open to meaningful negotiations with rail bosses and ministers, but they will need to come up with new proposals to prevent months of disruption on our railways.

    Union boss Mick Lynch was pictured enjoying his journey on the new Elizabeth Line after his RMT union voted to strike across much of the capital’s underground network on Monday, causing widespread chaos in London with most zone 1 stations closed

    Nou wys 'n koerantberig wat deur DailyMail.com opgegrawe is, albei mans het lof gewen vir hul sportvernuf 21 strike will see 40,000 workers from Network Rail, which is in charge of infrastructure, en 13 train companies covering most of the country walkout for 24 ure.

    Daarbenewens 10,000 London Underground workers will strike, also bringing most of the capital’s transport network to a grinding halt.

    Die 40,000 mainline workers will then strike again on June 23 en 25.

    A senior rail industry source said that calling the strikes every other day that week was designed to have maximum impact.

    Hulle het gesê: ‘It completely screws the network on the day of strikes and for most of the next days when strikes aren’t happening.

    ‘Three days, midnight to midnight, basically screws the entire week.This is because signallers and other critical workers often start 12-hour shifts at 8pm or 10pm.

    But because they won’t turn up on strike days, many won’t be in place to get the railways running again the following morning on non-strike days.

    Die bron het bygevoeg: ‘What it means now is that we will have to do the contingency planning for vital freight routes that we were hoping to avoid.

    ‘We’ll work with the freight industry over the next two weeks to identify critical routes where freight needs to be delivered and reschedule them into the timetable, prioritising freight over passenger services.It means even more passenger trains face being taken out of service.

    Met die aantal mense wat uit die land verdryf is deur die oorlog wat verduister, wat op Dinsdag begin en tot Saterdag duur, sal reischaos veroorsaak vir mense wat na 'n aantal groot geleenthede gaan, insluitend konserte, toetswedstrydkrieket en die Glastonbury-fees. Op die foto: People enjoy a past Glastonbury festival

    Met die aantal mense wat uit die land verdryf is deur die oorlog wat verduister, wat op Dinsdag begin en tot Saterdag duur, sal reischaos veroorsaak vir mense wat na 'n aantal groot geleenthede gaan, insluitend konserte, toetswedstrydkrieket en die Glastonbury-fees. Op die foto: People enjoy a past Glastonbury festival

    Commuters get off from a London Overground service at Liverpool Street station as a Tube strike disrupts the Underground lines, Junie 6

    Commuters get off from a London Overground service at Liverpool Street station as a Tube strike disrupts the Underground lines, Junie 6

    Ministers have been told that multiple-day strikes could lead to lights going out in places due to freight services being hit.

    Industry insiders point to Drax power station in North Yorkshire, which can only stockpile supplies sufficient for two or three days and services millions of homes.

    Tesco and Puma Energy, which supplies garage forecourts, have also raised concerns about supply lines.

    Network Rail chief Andrew Haines said: ‘We continue to meet with our trades unions to discuss their pay concerns and we’re doing everything we can to avoid strike action on the railway.

    ‘We know that the cost of living has increased and we want to give our people a pay rise, but the RMT must recognise we are a public body and any pay increase has to be affordable for taxpayers and passengers.

    ‘Travel habits have changed forever and the railway must change as well.

    ‘We cannot expect to take more than our fair share of public funds, and so we must modernise our industry to put it on a sound financial footing for the future.