Companies Participating in October 2022 Rail Strikes: Why are Workers on Strike?

Rail strikes are coming back this October and we will have rail services affected by that. Although previously the strikes were supposed to occur in the month of September. It was postponed after the Queen’s death. But now it is scheduled to return next month. But why is the strike happening?

Read on to find out more about the rail strikes that will return in October 2022.

Rail strikes will happen soon

The railway strikes were supposed to take place on September 15 and 17 according to the unions’ plans. However, the plan did not go well as Queen’s disappearance did not happen. However, after all those delays, the strike will take place soon on October 1 and 5.

Now, the train drivers of 12 railway companies under the Aslef union are going to make their strikes on October 1 and 5 respectively. This coincides with some important dates, including the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham. In addition, it could have an effect on the London Marathon that will take place on October 2.

Why is the rail strike happening?

The rail strike is taking place between the unions and Network Rail. The reason for the strike is that industrial actions have affected rail services. Apart from that, the strike aims to express the problems with the salary and working conditions of the railway staff.

The reason given by the supporter of the strike is that inflation is rising and is going to rise even more according to the forecast. But the railway companies, in the face of rising inflation, have given railway employees nothing. Therefore, a strike is to express all the concerns of the workers.

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Expect strikes in September affecting rail travel (Image: Carl Court/Getty)

Operators affected by the railway strike

Well, since the rail strike is taking place next month. There would also be railway operators affected by this. Thus, the operators affected by the strike are Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, Great Anglia, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Northern Trains, Southeastern, TransPennine Express and West Midlands Trains.

East Midlands Railway conductors voted to take part in the strike only on 5 October. In addition, the RMT union will strike on October 1. As such the operators that will be affected by this will be Chiltern Railways, Cross Country Trains, Greater Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Great Western Railway, Northern Trains, South Eastern, South Western, Railway TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast , West Midlands Trains and GTR (including Gatwick Express).

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