London Underground workers have staged multiple days of strike action over the past year in disputes over pay and working conditions.
Drivers’ union Aslef and the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) walkouts have often shut down the entire Tube network, and neither dispute has been resolved, meaning further strikes are all but certain.
London will also be affected by national rail strikes that will begin later this month, with train drivers set to target the dates of the Conservative Party conference.
Will there be another Tube strike?
At present there are no London Underground strikes planned, but Tube drivers recently voted to continue action for another six months.
Finn Brennan, Aslef’s organiser on the Underground, said: “These huge votes, from the high 90s to 100 per cent, in favour of action demonstrate just how determined our members are to protect their terms and conditions at work from the effects of the Government’s attack on TfL [Transport for London] funding.
“As always, we are prepared to discuss and negotiate, but we will never accept detrimental changes being imposed on Aslef’s members.”
A strike planned in July by the RMT was cancelled in favour of a fresh round of talks, but a resolution in that dispute is also yet to be reached.
RMT general secretary, Mick Lynch, said at the time: “There has been significant progress made by our negotiating team in talks with TfL.
“However, this is not the end of the dispute nor is it a victory for the union as yet. Our members were prepared to engage in significant disruptive industrial action and I commend their resolve.”
Unions must give at least two weeks’ notice ahead of any strike action, so walkouts could not resume until October at the earliest.
How will the national rail strikes affect London?
Aslef members working at 16 rail companies will strike on Saturday 30 September and Wednesday 4 October.
The union is also implementing a ban on working overtime on Friday 29 September and from Monday 2 to Friday 6 October.
The following operators will be affected by the action:
- Avanti West Coast
- Chiltern Railways
- East Midlands Railway
- Greater Anglia
- GTR Great Northern Thameslink
- Great Western Railway
- Island Line
- Northern Trains
- Southern, including Gatwick Express
- South Western Railway
- TransPennine Express
- West Midlands Trains
Aslef said the action would “force the train operating companies to cancel all services and the ban on overtime will seriously disrupt the network”. Services across the country will be affected, including those to and from London.
National Rail will update its strikes page and journey planner with travel information closer to the time.