Birmingham RMT strikes August 2022: What dates will strikes take place - which companies, routes affected?

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Strike action is taking place across the region today and Saturday, 20 August

Birmingham commuters and tourists are set to be impacted by several more days of travel disruption this summer as railway worker unions take part in industrial action.

Two dates in July, as well as further dates in August have been pencilled in for strike action by different trade unions in efforts to improve pay and working conditions.

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Ahead of the strike action, here’s what you need to know about which train companies will be affected by the action, and which days the industrial action is taking place.

When are the planned days of strike action?

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July and August look set to be busy months for strike action on the railways especially, with several days planned for strike action.

Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August are the next scheduled day of action for the RMT.

Around 40,000 workers are set to walk out in the two 24 hour strikes, with around half of this number expected to be Network Rail employees.

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Which Birmingham rail companies will be affected?

Several train companies which operate services through Birmingham stations will be affected by the upcoming strike action.

These include Cross Country Trains, Avanti West Coast, and West Midlands Railway.

Which rail companies are affected by the strike action?

Fourteen train companies are set to be impacted by the rail strike, which is one more than the number affected by the strikes of June 2022.

The full list of train companies set to be impacted by the strike is listed below:

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  • 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
  • GTR (including Gatwick Express)

What has the RMT said about the strike?

Ahead of the strike action, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has called on Transport Secretary Grant Schapps to ‘sort the mess out’.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “The rail industry and the government need to understand that this dispute will not simply vanish.

“They need to get serious about providing an offer on pay which helps deal with the cost-of-living crisis, job security for our members and provides good conditions at work.

“Recent proposals from Network Rail fell well short on pay and on safety around maintenance work.

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“And the train operating companies have not even made us a pay offer in recent negotiations.

“Now Grant Shapps has abandoned his forlorn hopes for the job of Prime Minister, he can now get back to his day job and help sort this mess out.

“We remain open for talks, but we will continue our campaign until we reach a negotiated settlement.”

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