Train strikes in January 2023: all rail strike dates for New Year’s have been confirmed

The ASLEF train drivers union announced that its members will go on strike for their wages on Thursday, January 5, 2023, joining their RMT counterparts in industrial action in the first week of the new year, leaving train passengers stranded for five consecutive days.

ASLEF, which represents 96 percent of train drivers in England, Scotland and Wales, announced that workers at 15 companies, including Avanti West Coast, Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway and Great Western Railway, have voted for the strike.

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan said: “We don’t want to go on strike, but the companies pushed us here.

“They haven’t offered a penny to our members at these companies, and these are people who haven’t received a raise since April 2019.”

He continued: “Companies need to come to the table with an appropriate offer to our members to help their drivers get this year what they were able to get last year. This is the way to prevent a new strike and all the disruptions it causes.

“The ball is now firmly in the train companies’ court. And we urge the government to assist, not hinder, the negotiation process.”

The latest announcement means the UK’s “winter of discontent” has slammed into the new year after a month of hard-hitting strikes brought the country to a standstill in December, endangering Christmas for many.

Nurses, railway personnel, ambulance crews, postal workers, G4S workers, London bus drivers, Eurostar security personnel, Border Force agents, Heathrow baggage handlers, Scottish teachers, driver examiners and National Highway Workers have left their jobs in recent weeks due to disagreements. Employers and unions are making noise about wages and working conditions at a time when the UK is mired in economic crisis.

Moreover, few of these conflicts were resolved, which led many unions to threaten further industrial action in January.

Below is the complete list of all train strikes currently scheduled for January 2023.

Tuesday 3 January

RMT nationwide train strike

Wednesday 4 January

RMT nationwide train strike

Thursday, January 5

ASLEF nationwide train drivers strike

Friday, January 6

RMT nationwide train strike

Saturday, January 7

RMT nationwide train strike

You can find the full list of all strikes scheduled for January across all sectors here.

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