- Full list of train strike dates and cancellations throughout December 2023
Fresh train strikes have been announced by train drivers’ union Aslef, as the ongoing dispute between workers and the government over pay and conditions continues.
Members are set to take further industrial action throughout the month of December with no sign of the stalemate abating.
So, when exactly are the train strikes in December? How long will they last and which services will be affected?
Read on below for a full list of train strikes set to occur in the lead-up to Christmas.
Fresh train strikes have been announced by train drivers’ union Aslef, as the ongoing dispute between workers and the government over pay and conditions continues. Pictured: A traveller looks up at a departure board at London Paddington station on a day of rail strike action in September 2023
When are train strikes in December 2023?
Drivers at rail companies operating across the UK will strike for 24 hours on dates between Saturday December 2 and Friday December 8.
There will also be an overtime ban between Friday December 1 and Saturday December 9, which is likely to see last trains leave much earlier than usual for some train operators.
The latest announcement of industrial action comes as a possible retaliation to comments made by the transport secretary, Mark Harper, after he said Aslef should propose an offer to its drivers that was branded as ‘risible’ by the union in April.
‘There is, most people think, a perfectly fair and reasonable offer on the table and I genuinely don’t understand why Aslef won’t put it to their members,’ Mr Harper told MPs at the transport committee on Wednesday November 15.
The union responded by saying that the offer was no longer being considered, effectively meaning it had been rejected in further votes for strikes.
‘What the minister apparently fails to understand is that we have received overwhelming mandates, on enormous turnouts, for more industrial action. Our members have spoken and we know what they think … it is a clear rejection of the offer that was made in April,’ said Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan.
The planned strike action by Aslef comes after talks between the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) and the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union saw a deal reached following a bitter pay dispute.
After talks between the two parties, a so-called memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been developed, which will set out a process for a mutually agreed way forward.
The latest announcement of industrial action comes as a possible retaliation to comments made by the transport secretary, Mark Harper, after he said Aslef should propose an offer to its drivers that was branded as ‘risible’ by the union in April. Pictured: Aslef members on a picket line at London Euston station in September 2023
A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said the decision to put the agreement to a vote was ‘a positive step towards resolving this dispute’.
‘We hope RMT members will recognise the benefits, accept this offer and put an end to the RMT´s industrial action,’ the spokesperson said.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch added: ‘This is a welcome development and our members will now decide in an e-referendum whether they want to accept this new offer from the RDG.’
An RDG spokesperson said: ‘These discussions would be aimed at addressing the companies’ proposals on the changing needs and expectations of passengers as well as unlocking further increases for staff, in order to help to secure a sustainable, long-term future for the railway and all those who work on it.’
Full list of train strikes in December 2023
- Saturday, December 2 – East Midlans Railway (EMR) and London North Eastern Railway (LNER)
- Sunday, December 3 – Avanti West Coast, Chiltern, Great Northern Thameslink, and West Midlands Trains (WMT)
- Tuesday, December 5 – C2C and Greater Anglia
- Wednesday, December 6 – Southeastern, Southern/Gatwick Express, the SWR main line and depot, and on the Island Line
- Thursday, December 7 – CrossCountry and Great Western Railway
- Friday, December 8 – Northern and TransPennine Express