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When are the next train strikes? RMT rail strike dates and why there could be more after this week’s walkouts

A third rail strike is due to take place on Saturday, as talks between unions and business bosses collapsed.

The biggest rail strike in 30 years has been taking place over several days this week.

But will there be more after this? Here’s everything you need to know.

When is the strike scheduled for?

The remaining and third rail strike is planned for:

On Saturday 25 June, about 40,000 rail operators – but not London Underground staff – will strike once again.

Only one in five rail services will be running from 7.30am in England, Scotland and Wales, and those that are operating will end at 6.30pm.

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Passengers who are forced to travel are being urged to plan to ensure that they can complete their journeys within this window, with last services from London to Scotland, for example, leaving in the early afternoon.

National Rail has updated its journey planner for the strike days. It advises using the planner – which you can find here – if you need to travel.

Will there be more strikes?

Nothing has been guaranteed either way.

But Mike Lynch said it is likely there will be more action, however.

He said talks are ongoing, and he will consult with members “if and when there needs to be a new phase of industrial action”.

“But if we don’t get a settlement, it’s extremely likely there will be,”

Talks collapsed on Wednesday, and there are accusations from both sides that the other is causing the problem.

Mr Lynch blamed the Government for the slow progress.

Mr Lynch told BBC’s Breakfast: “The Government’s hand is in this… the [rail] companies leave the room, consult the Government ministers and the department officials and when they come back often the situation is worse.”

What are the strikes over?

RMT members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action last month in a campaign for better job security, conditions and pay.

The RMT wants a pay rise of at least 7 per cent, as inflation has hit 9.1 per cent and is predicted to reach 11 per cent in the coming months.

They have been offered three per cent, but on the codition that they accept new working conditions.

It comes as rail bosses attempt a shake-up of the rail network after the Covid-19 pandemic transformed passenger behaviour.

About 40,000 RMT members at Network Rail and 13 train operators are involved in the industrial action.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said the turnout at picket lines on Tuesday was “fantastic” and had exceeded expectations.

He said: “Our members will continue the campaign and have shown outstanding unity in the pursuit of a settlement to this dispute.

Members on the picket line outside Euston station during the biggest rail strikes in 30 years (Photo: Martin Pope/Getty)

“RMT members are leading the way for all workers in this country who are sick and tired of having their pay and conditions slashed by a mixture of big business profits and Government policy.

“Now is the time to stand up and fight for every single railway worker in this dispute that we will win.”

A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “These are desperately needed reforms that modernise the railway and put it on a sustainable footing for passengers and taxpayers.

“Unions have shut down big parts of the rail network, hitting local businesses and unfairly cutting people off from hospitals, schools and work.

“However, early data shows that unlike in the past, many people now have the opportunity to work from home, so we haven’t even a rush to the roads, as traffic has instead gone online, which means the unions aren’t having the overall impact they might have hoped.”

How can I check if my train is running?

The best way to check is by using the National Rail journey planner.

Alternatively, you can call National Rail on 03457 48 49 50 – lines are open 24 hours a day – or contact the train company you are planning to travel with directly.

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