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Full list of walkout dates, from trains to buses

February will be blighted with a succession of walkouts across a number of sectors from rail to refuse collection and motoring to aviation as workers protest over pay and conditions.

Train services have already been affected this week by industrial action by members of the union Aslef, which is continuing this weekend and into Monday.

But more disruption is on the cards over the course of the month as, among others, refuse workers in Cardiff and bus workers in London stage industrial action.

We take a look at the strikes planned for February and who it will affect.

When are the rail strikes in February?

Members of the rail union Aslef have been staging walkouts since Tuesday 30 January which will go on until Tuesday 6 February.

There will be no West Midlands Trains, Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Railway and London Northwestern services on Saturday 3 February and no services for Great Western, CrossCountry, Chiltern and Heathrow Express on Monday 5 February.

A ban on overtime until Tuesday 6 February means services on Sunday 4 February, contractually a rest day for some operators, will also be affected.

Train firms likely to be affected by the overtime ban are:

  • C2C
  • Gatwick Express
  • Greater Anglia (including Stansted Express)
  • Greta Northern
  • LNER
  • Northern
  • South Western Railway (including Island Line)
  • Southern
  • Thameslink
  • TransPennine Express
A traveller stands at a closed platform during the morning rush hour as a fresh wave of rail strikes by train drivers begins, at Waterloo Station in London, Britain, January 30, 2024. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Train operators will be hit by driver walkouts and overtime bans for staff, who are members of the union Aslef. (Photo: Reuters)

Meanwhile, more than 300 staff working on London Overground will take industrial action over pay this month.

Members of the RMT union who are security, station, revenue and control staff will walk out from midnight on Monday 19th February until midnight on Tuesday 20th February 2024.

When are the bus strikes this month?

The Capital will also be hit by industrial action by on the buses. Members of the Unite union working for the bus firm Abellio have agreed to take six days of strikes over pay.

Around 40 staff who work in the control rooms for Abellio buses, based at the Battersea and Twickenham bus garages, have already staged walkouts on 19 and 26 January and 2 February.

Further strikes are planned by controllers, managers and supervisors for the 9, 16 and 23 February.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Abellio’s poor pay offer will bring chaos to London as our members take strike action to fight for better pay.

“Abellio has hundreds of millions of pounds of revenue from lucrative London bus contracts and yet it is trying to short-change some of its most vital staff. It needs to understand our members won’t stand for it.”

The routes affected by industrial action are primarily in South and South West London and include: 24, 27, 111, 156, 159, 267, 285, 322, 344, 345, 415 , 490, 969, H20, H25, H26, R68, R70.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Bus drivers picket the Camberwell garage of their employer Abellio during a strike over pay on January 12, 2023 in London, England. The drivers, who are members of the Unite trade union, are currently holding a strike as part of a series of strikes over pay scheduled throughout January. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
Staff at firm Abellio will go on strike at the Battersea and Twickenham bus garages. (Photo: Guy Smallman/Getty)

When are the refuse collection walkouts in February?

Refuse workers in Wales have been staging industrial action since December 2023 in a dispute over bullying and the use of agency workers.

Four weeks of strikes began on 28 December 2023 and a vote to extend the action for another four weeks means it will continue into February.

Members of union Unite at Cardiff Council will strike every day this month until 22 February.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Rather than seeking to resolve this strike, Cardiff council seem intent on worsening industrial relations.”

Cardiff Council has described it as  “very disappointing and unnecessary” and had “attempted to respond positively and has sought to find a way forward” with Unite.

Kirklees Council has seized 1,341 bins belonging to residents in Huddersfield since the measure was introduced on April 1 (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Refuse collections in Cardiff will be disrupted by an extended period of industrial action by members of the Unite union. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Which other services are affected by strikes this month?

Almost 2,000 driving examiners across England, Scotland and Wales will also go on strike for four days in February.

Members of the PCS union working in 270 test centres will walk out on 8, 9, 10 and 11 February in protest against the Government’s “flawed plan” to clear the driving test backlog.

According to the PCS union, the “driver services recovery programme” introduced by the Government requires Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) staff to deliver an additional 150,000 tests in addition to their existing workloads by 31 March, 2024.

DHL workers based at East Midlands Airport are staging industrial action from the 9 to the 19 February.

And around 180 workers employed by DHL Aviation, who are members of Unite union, are striking over pay.

The staff, who undertake ramp duties, provide aircraft handling and oversee the tower at the airport, claim their pay offer is less than their counterparts at Bristol and Gatwick airports.

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