London train strikes in July 2023: Aslef announces new walkout date

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Aslef members working for Avanti West Coast have been in dispute with the company over sick pay.

BREAKING UPDATE Wednesday, June 21: ASLEF has announced it has suspended its one-day strike set for Sunday July 2 on Avanti West Coast.

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Earlier in June rail workers from Aslef and RMT unions staged three days of walkouts, with strikes impacting the FA Cup final and Epsom Derby.

Now Aslef has announced a new strike date for July adding to disruptions this summer.

Here is everything you need to know about the strike action next month.

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When are the next London train strikes?

Aslef members working for Avanti West Coast will stage a 24 hour walkout on Sunday July 2 over changes to sick pay.

This action is separate from the union’s ongoing national dispute over pay.

From Saturday July 1, drivers employed by London North Eastern Railway (LNER) will also refuse to work overtime until further notice. Aslef has accused LNER of failing to adhere to agreed procedures regarding overtime.

The Aslef union has announced another strike date for JulyThe Aslef union has announced another strike date for July
The Aslef union has announced another strike date for July | Getty Images

Will the RMT union strike?

The RMT union hasn’t announced any further dates yet but the rail workers union has been granted a strike mandate for another five and a half months.

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RMT general secretary Mike Lynch has said: “If we need to take more strike action, that’s what we’ll do if our members want to support it.”

Which London train lines will be affected?

Avanti West Coast and LNER, which both run services from London to Scotland and the east coast of England, will be affected by the strikes. Keep an eye on timetables to stay up to date with the most recent delays and cancellations.

Are there Tube strikes?

There are currently no Tube strikes planned. But a few weeks ago 96% of RMT members working on the London Underground voted ‘yes’ to strikes, meaning disruption on the tube could continue up until Christmas.

Will the Elizabeth line be on strike?

The Elizabeth line is not set to be affected by the next strike action.

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Will strikes affect the Eurostar?

Eurostar is also not expected to be affected by the upcoming strike dates. Find the latest details on the Eurostar website.

What is Aslef saying?

Mick Whelan, general secretary, said:"It is deeply regrettable that Aslef members have been forced to take this action but our members will not stand by and allow our agreed terms and conditions to be violated by the train operating companies.

"We have been coming to the table to try to resolve these disputes for many months but unless the operators honour the agreements in place with our members, we will be forced to continue taking action. The companies know how to avoid this action - it’s by honouring their agreements and negotiating fairly with our members.

"As the recent ballot results showed, Aslef members at these companies want to continue taking action to hold their employers to account and the whole union will stand with them."

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A Rail Delivery Group spokesperson responded: “We urge the Aslef leadership to re-join us at the negotiating table and work with us to find a solution to the issues our industry faces and so we can give our people the pay rise we have always said we wanted to do.”

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