Will there be more train strikes? What we know about future RMT and Aslef rail strike dates in June 2023
Fresh train strikes are set to bring more disruption for people travelling over the half term holidays in June.
Both the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and train drivers’ union Aslef will stage walkouts in their long-running dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.
The latest dates for action will coincide with the school holidays and a number of sporting and entertainment events, including the FA Cup Final at Wembley, the Epsom Derby as well as concerts by Coldplay, Beyoncé and Peter Kay.
Network Rail is currently warning all passengers to check for disruption when travelling on rail any time between today and 3 June.
Which train operators are affected?
More than 20 train operators will be affected by the strikes.
Which dates are affected?
Members of the RMT union will walk out on June 2.
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 May 13.
The strike on June 2 will see 20,000 railway workers in catering, train managers and station staff take action, affecting train services throughout the country.
Train drivers are also striking in coming weeks in their ongoing dispute over pay.
Members of Aslef will walk out on 31 May and 3 June, the day of the FA Cup Final at Wembley.
Additionally, an overtime ban for Aslef members has been implemented on Thursday 1 June.
What are the Government and unions saying about the latest strike action?
RMT general secretary, Mick Lynch, said: “The Government is once again not allowing the Rail Delivery Group to make an improved offer that we can consider.
“Therefore, we have to pursue our industrial campaign to win a negotiated settlement on jobs, pay and conditions.
“Ministers cannot just wish this dispute away.
“They underestimate the strength of feeling our members, who have just given us a new six-month strike mandate, continue to support the campaign and the action and are determined to see this through until we get an acceptable resolution.
“The Government now needs to unlock the RDG and allow them to make an offer that can be put to a referendum of our members.”
An RDG spokesperson said: “In recent discussions with the RMT, we have continued to stand by the fair, industry-level dispute resolution proposal agreed line by line with their negotiating team, which would have resolved this dispute and given our lowest-paid staff a rise of up to 13 per cent.
“By calling more strike action, the RMT leadership have chosen to prolong this dispute without ever giving their members a chance to have a say on their own offer.
“Instead, they will be subject to yet more lost pay through industrial action, customers will suffer more disruption, and the industry will continue to suffer huge damage at a time when the railway is taking more than its fair share from taxpayers to keep trains running post-Covid.
“We remain open and willing to engage in national-level talks so that we can secure a pay rise for our people and the long-term future of an industry vital to Britain’s economy.”
A Department for Transport spokesman said: “It’s extremely disappointing that for the second time in a month, RMT has decided to call strikes on the same weekend as Aslef strikes, going out of their way to make travelling by train to the FA Cup Final, Epsom Derby and a number of music concerts more difficult for thousands of people.
“The Transport Secretary and the rail minister have facilitated talks and there continues to be a fair and reasonable offer on the table, yet the RMT’s executive committee’s actions will see their members lose money through strikes, rather than having the chance to vote on the offer and bring this dispute to an end.”