Is there an Elizabeth Line strike? Why the 24 May walkout was suspended and if there will be strikes in future
The TSSA union has cancelled a planned strike on London’s Elizabeth Line next week after receiving a new pay proposal.
Workers had been due to walk out on Wednesday 24 May – the first anniversary of the line opening.
TSSA members on the Elizabeth Line work in roles such as traffic manager and incident response manager, but these workers are paid less than those in similar positions on other Transport for London (TfL) services.
They last walked out in January as part of the same dispute.
Why was the Elizabeth Line strike cancelled?
TSSA has been involved in a dispute with Rail for London Infrastructure (RfLI), fighting for its members to receive pay parity with other TfL staff.
The union’s interim organising director, Mel Taylor, said: “We have had a very constructive meeting and as a result, TSSA has agreed to suspend the strike action planned on Wednesday 24 May.
“This will enable our teams to fully digest the changes and allow for further consultation and discussion over the coming days. We certainly do not take strike action lightly, but we have made this progress as a result of the action we have taken and planned to take.
“Elizabeth Line staff work weekends, nights and even Christmas Day. They are multi-skilled and operate the world’s only fully digital railway, but many earn significantly less than the salary paid to other TfL staff in similar roles. That is clearly not an acceptable or sustainable position and it looks as though the company is waking up to the fact.”
Strike action could resume if no pay deal is agreed.
When are the national rail strikes?
Rail passengers are set to face further disruption over FA Cup final weekend in June after the RMT announced plans for a fresh strike.
The walkout on Friday 2 June will involve 20,000 catering, station staff and train managers working for 14 companies, affecting train services throughout the country.
Aslef members have already announced plans to strike on Wednesday 31 May and Saturday 3 June – the day Manchester City and Manchester United meet at Wembley for English football’s showpiece event.
The RMT’s announcement means any fans who intended to travel to London a day before the match to avoid rail disruption may have to reassess their plans.
It is the latest escalation in a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions between the RMT and the Rail Delivery Group, which represents the main train operators.
The union said an offer from the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) was unacceptable, adding that no new proposals had been made since the last strike on Saturday 13 May, the day of the Eurovision Song Contest final in Liverpool.