Rail strike - days to work from home in June to swerve travel strike chaos across UK - The Mirror

Summary

With the biggest rail strikes in decades looming, workers are being advised to only make trips if they are strictly necessary with thousands of lines set to be cancelled as staff walk out over pay and pension fears

Rail strike - days to work from home in June to swerve travel strike chaos across UK

With the biggest rail strikes in decades looming, workers are being advised to only make trips if they are strictly necessary with thousands of lines set to be cancelled as staff walk out over pay and pension fears

Rail strike - days to work from home in June to swerve travel strike chaos across UK

Massive rail strikes over multiple days are set to cause havoc for commuters and travellers this month, with train users being told to work from home if they can.

The public are being urged to fall back into their coronavirus pandemic ways by logging on from home for work to avoid disruption as transport workers strike across three days next week

Is your train line affected? Check the full list of every line on strike as well as every station affected by the strikes.

The issue will be compounded when London Underground workers also take part in industrial action for one day, causing potential chaos for tourists and travellers in the capital.

Rail bosses are calling on the public to stay put and work from home if possible, with passenger bodies warning that those who have to commute to their place of work face lengthy disruption.

What days are the rail strikes in June?

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There will be industrial action across the network on Tuesday June 21, Thursday June 23 and Saturday June 25.

The number of passenger services on those days is expected to be limited to around 4,500 compared with 20,000 normally.

The tube strike will be on Tuesday, adding to the misery of passengers with London connections.

The walkouts and what they are about

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail and 13 train operators are to strike for three days next week in disputes over pay, jobs and pensions.

The walkouts will be the biggest outbreak of industrial action in the industry in a generation, with more unions balloting to possibly follow suit.

Lines will only be open between 7.30am and 6.30pm, meaning services will start later and finish earlier than usual.

Thousands of passenger services are expected to be cancelled due to staff operating shortages.

The list of routes affected by the strikes

Network Rail has warned that half of Britain’s rail lines will be shut during June’s industrial action.

The railway lines operator said no passenger services will serve locations such as Penzance in Cornwall, Bournemouth in Dorset, Swansea in South Wales, Holyhead in North Wales, Chester in Cheshire and Blackpool, Lancashire.

There will also be no passenger trains running north from Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines said the strikes would be “hugely damaging” and urged people to “only travel if it’s really necessary to do so”.

It could mean millions of people in the UK who have become accustomed to office working again after the pandemic could revert to home-working to avoid long queues and waits for trains.

What is the tube strike in June about?

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The RMT and Unite are striking on London Underground on Tuesday June 21 in a separate row over jobs and pay to the national rail action.

Unite, when announcing it would be joining the strike already planned by the RMT, said 1,000 of its members in London would take action over pay and warned of plans to cut pensions.

It is not yet known how many services will run on Tuesday but when a similar walkout occurred after the Platinum Jubilee weekend, many tube lines ran only partial services and some stations were shuttered.

Transport for London has insisted that no decisions or proposals have been made over pay and pension changes.

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