RAILWAY employees with the RMT union have been placing all through the nation in 2018, creating journey chaos for thousands and thousands of commuters.

Employees on Northern Rail have been strolling out every Saturday for 12 weeks. Right here is all it’s worthwhile to know.

Rail passengers across the North of England are likely to be affected by these strikes
Rail passengers throughout the North of England have been affected by strikes

When is the Northern Rail strike motion?

The newest strike takes place as we speak (November 24).

Earlier this 12 months workers at Northern Rail joined an RMT strike with a collection of walkouts for each Saturday starting on August 25.

The November strikes will take the whole for the 12 months to 12.

At this time’s strike began at 12.01am and can finish at 11.59pm tonight.

Greater than 70 per cent of standard Northern Rail companies might be affected, with only a few operating earlier than 9am and after 6pm.

Routes which can be capable of function trains are anticipated to be extraordinarily busy.

There are additionally alternative bus companies accessible on some routes, with practice tickets legitimate on these buses.

Observe the most recent updates and timetable modifications on the Northern Railway web site.

How will routes be affected?

Ongoing engineering work in some areas may also see some disruption to companies through the weekend, notably between Wigan/Bolton and Manchester, Preston and Hellifield, Manchester and East Lancashire, Blackpool and Leeds, and Hull and Sheffield/York.

All prospects are suggested to verify earlier than travelling and, the place essential, could wish to search various modes of transport.

What’s the strike about?

The RMT union, which represents guards and drivers, has been calling the strikes in a dispute over job losses and security.

Rail operators have been planning to take away workers from trains, which might then turn into driver-only-operated (DOO).

Unions have mentioned the transfer may doubtlessly make trains extra harmful — however the firms say it’s protected and will save passengers cash.

RMT basic secretary, Mick Money, mentioned: “RMT dedicated to talks in good religion with Northern, however as a substitute of constructing progress in the direction of a settlement that matches the very best apply within the rail business as negotiated elsewhere, the corporate have opted as a substitute to play quick and free, making a mockery of the train.

“Our reps know when they’re being strung alongside and it’s that angle from the corporate that has pressured us to announce this subsequent section of motion.



“RMT members on Arriva Rail North have been in dispute for effectively over a 12 months now in a battle to place public security earlier than non-public revenue and we’re offended and pissed off that a real alternative to achieve an settlement has been kicked again by the corporate.

“German-owned Northern Rail wish to run practically half one million trains a 12 months and not using a security essential guard on board in a transfer that might wreck each security and entry ‎to companies and they need to hearken to their front-line workers and pull again from that plan instantly.

“RMT just lately secured an settlement on Higher Anglia that enshrines the guard assure. Related agreements have additionally been reached in Wales and Scotland. Arriva Rail North must do the fitting factor and are available to an settlement that secures a guard on their trains too.”

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