MORE rail workers vote to strike as Brits face summer holiday hell weeks after country hit by worst walkout in decades | The Sun

MORE rail workers vote to strike as Brits face summer holiday hell weeks after country hit by worst walkout in decades | The Sun

July 6, 2022

MORE rail workers have voted to strike over jobs and pay with Brits bracing for summer holiday hell as they try to get away.

Hundreds of Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) members at LNER and c2c have backed walkouts.

Meanwhile, members at Northern have voted for action short of a strike.

It comes after a fierce row over pay, job security and conditions.

And discontent could spread further still as union ballots members at Network Rail and other train companies across England.

More than 90 per cent of train services across Britain could be cancelled later this summer if drivers quit work for the first time since 1995.

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No dates have yet been set for industrial action.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: "This is a great result for our union and comes hard on the heels of similar votes at Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Railway and CrossCountry.

"The results demonstrate that our members are utterly determined to fight for their pay, jobs and conditions.

"They are right to do so amid the escalating Tory cost-of-living crisis and with a Government hell-bent on making swingeing cuts to our rail network.

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"This is a strong outcome and it would be unwise for any rail company to ignore the feelings of our membership.

"We will soon speak to our workplace reps to consider next steps in the forthcoming days."

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union staged three strikes last month which crippled train services up and own the country.

The TSSA and the drivers' union Aslef will announce more strike ballot results next week.

If rail workers do walk out again, it'll be one of a number of strikes planned for the warmer months.


Greater Anglia took action recently, affecting travel to and from London and Cambridge.

The operator warned: “It’s possible there will be more strikes."

Staff working for British Airways are also planning walkouts, bringing more chaos to the country's embattled airports.

Heathrow is set to be particularly badly-affected after hundreds of BA check-in and ground staff who belong to the GMB and Unite unions announced they'll down tools.

Around 700 members of staff are now expected to walk out.


Elsewhere, easyJet workers in Spain will walk out between July 15 and 17 and July 29 to 31.

The action is likely to affect the easyJet bases in Spain, which are Barcelona, Malaga and Palma. 

And Ryanair staff based in Spain will strike on July 12 to 15, July 18 to 21 and July 25 to 28.

Back in the UK, Arriva staff began striking in June, affecting bus services in Leeds, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Bradford and more.

On July 11, 1,500 workers will walk out of 114 Post Offices.

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In addition, 115,000 Royal Mail workers are eyeing industrial action.

And teachers in England could strike in the autumn if their demand for a significant pay rise is not met, the National Education Union (NEU) has warned.

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