Here’s everything you need to know about the latest strikes.
Which train operators will be affected?
The new train strikes will affect many of the same operators that went on strike earlier in August.
Aslef members in 12 companies – Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry; Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Northern Trains, Southeast, TransPennine Express and West Midlands Trains are on strike on 15 September.
Members of infrastructure owner Network Rail will strike on September 26 along with the following rail companies: Avanti West Coast, c2c, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, LNER and Southeast.
Separately, TSSA members at TransPennine Express and West Midlands Trains voted to strike.
What days do train strikes occur?
Aslef members will leave on Thursday 15 September.
TSSA workers will go outside for 24 hours from Monday, September 26 at noon until Tuesday, September 27 at noon.
Union bosses have yet to confirm strike dates on the TransPennine Express and West Midlands trains.
Why are the workers on strike?
Aslef members leave due to wages. Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said the railroad companies “forced us.”
He said: “We want companies that are making big profits and paying huge salaries and bonuses to their executives to offer proper pay to help our members keep up with rising costs of living. That is why today we are calling on companies to do the right thing.”
TSSA members are on strike over wages, job security and conditions.
The union said it was pushing to revise the employee pay agreement after rejecting an “insulting” 2 percent offer earlier in the summer.
TSSA Secretary General Manuel Cortés urged the government to allow rail companies to return to the negotiating table.
Mr. Cortez blamed Transportation Minister Grant Shapps, who he said was “preventing the companies that operate DfT trains from making a revised, meaningful offer.”
He added: “Frankly, he is either sitting at the negotiating table with our union or getting out of the way, allowing the railroad bosses to freely negotiate with us, as they have done in the past.
“The cause of the current stalemate lies right at Shapps’ door, and passengers are paying a heavy price for his incompetence and intransigence.”
Negotiations between TSSA and Network Rail on a possible settlement are still ongoing.
Will there be more metro strikes in 2022?
Further disruptions on the London Underground are likely as a wage dispute between Transport for London (TfL) and union RMT continues.
On August 31, the RMT warned that more underground strikes could occur as it complained that workers’ wages and pensions were at risk as part of a funding deal with the government meant to keep London running until 2024.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This deal, which has been secretly discussed by TfL and government ministers, is likely to lead to an attack on our members’ pensions and further limiting payments in the future, in combination with driverless trains.
“Grant Shapps’ attack on subway workers would be unacceptable at any time, but in an escalating cost-of-living crisis, this is shameful and will be countered by further strike action.
“TfL must stand up to Grant Shapps and demand a deal that will serve all Londoners and solve the real problems of the London transport workers who keep the capital running.”
Can I get a refund or use another service if my train is cancelled?
According to consumer group Who?, the process depends on which rail company someone is traveling with, and customers can “only claim compensation during a rail strike for a delay due to a replacement or emergency train schedule or bus replacement.”
What is the government doing about this?
The government has already threatened new minimum service requirements, which require a certain number of trains to run during the strike. However, ministers warned that new laws could take months to develop.
Grant Shapps, transport secretary, had previously condemned the strikes.
“With a salary of almost £60,000, it is unfair for train drivers to hurt those on lower wages with more strikes,” he tweeted.
This article is constantly updated with the latest information.