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Companies Taking Part In Rail Strikes October 2022: Why are workers striking?

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Rail strikes are returning this October and we will have rail services affected due to that. Though the strikes were previously supposed to happen in the month of September. It was postponed after the Queen’s demise. But now it is set to return the next month. But why is the strike happening?

Read ahead to know more about rail strikes set to return in October 2022.

Rail strikes to happen soon

Rail strikes were supposed to happen on 15th September and 17th September as per the plans of the unions. However, the plan didn’t go its way as Queen’s demise didn’t get that happen. However, after all of that delays now the strike is to take place soon on 1st October and 5th October.

Now, train drivers of 12 rail companies under the Aslef union are to do their strikes on 1st and 5th October respectively. This is coinciding with a few dates that are important including the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham. Also, it might have an effect on London Marathon that’s to take place on 2nd October.

Why is the rail strike happening?

The rail strike is happening between the unions and Network Rail. The reason for the strike is that industrial actions have affected rail services. Apart from that, the strike aims to voice the trouble with the pay and working condition of the rail staff.

The reason stated by the strike supporter is that inflation is rising and is going to rise even more as per the forecast. But rail companies in comparison to the growing inflation haven’t given anything to the rail employees. Hence, a strike is to voice all the concerns of the workers.

Rail Strikes
Expect strikes in September to affect train journeys (Picture: Carl Court/Getty)

Operators affected by the rail strike

Well, as the rail strike is to take place next month. There would be rail operators affected by this as well. Thus the operators affected by the strike are Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, Great Anglia, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Northern Trains, Southeastern, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Trains.

Drivers for East Midlands Railway have voted to take part in the strike only on 5th October. Further RMT union will do strike on 1st October. As such the operators getting affected with this will be Chiltern Railways, Cross Country Trains, Greater Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Great Western Railway, Northern Trains, South Eastern, South Western, Railway TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Trains, and GTR (including Gatwick Express).


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