When are the next train strikes? What RMT pay deal means for December walkouts

Rail workers have voted to accept a pay deal, putting an end to 18-months of strike action.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) agreed to an offer from 14 train companies, which includes a backdated pay rise of 5 per cent for 2022-23, as well as job security guarantees.

The deal means RMT workers will not strike until at least next spring. However, a dispute involving train drivers’ union Aslef remains open, meaning planned walkouts in December are still set to go ahead.

When are the next rail strikes?

Train drivers will strike over six days, from Saturday 2 to Friday 8 December, with 16 operators affected. The action will be split to hit different rail companies on different days:

  • Saturday 2 December – East Midlands Railway, LNER
  • Sunday 3 December – Avanti West Coast, Chiltern, Great Northern Thameslink, West Midlands Trains
  • Tuesday 5 December – C2C, Greater Anglia
  • Wednesday 6 December – Southeastern, Southern/Gatwick Express, SWR main line, SWR depot drivers, Island Line
  • Thursday 7 December – CrossCountry, GWR
  • Friday 8 December – Northern, TPT

Drivers will also refuse to work overtime from Friday 1 to Saturday 9 December.

National Rail said: “On the days where full strike action is taking place this is likely to result in little or no services across large areas of the network operated by the affected train companies.

“Services are also likely to be disrupted and start later on the day immediately following a full strike day. Passengers are warned to expect significant disruption and advised to plan ahead and check before you travel.”

You can check any planned journeys using National Rail’s journey planner here.

What has the RMT said about its deal?

The RMT deal brings an end to the national dispute and discussions will now move forward at a local level.

A breakthrough finally came when the union agreed to put a memorandum of understanding with the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to its members this month.

Mick Lynch, the RMT’s general secretary, said: “Our members have spoken in huge numbers to accept this offer and I want to congratulate them on their steadfastness in this long industrial campaign.

“We will be negotiating further with the train operators over reforms they want to see. And we will never shy away from vigorously defending our members terms and conditions, now or in the future.

“This campaign shows that sustained strike action and unity gets results and our members should be proud of the role they have played in securing this deal.”

While a pay deal has been agreed for 2022-23, strike action could resume next spring, as a deal is yet to be reached for the current financial year.