Picket line montage showing York, Coventry, Derby, Doncaster

Strike action wrap up 18 August

Pictures and stories from TSSA picket lines on Thursday 18 August 2022


TSSA members took to picket lines across the country on Thursday 18 August 2022. Members from Avanti West Coast, c2c, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway, Great Western Railway, LNER and Southeastern were involved.

From Glasgow to York, Cardiff to Nottingham, Doncaster, Derby, Exeter, Crewe, Liverpool, Maidstone, Orpington and London Paddington, Euston, Puddle Dock and so much more. First time pickets shared their stories for why they are out on strike, fighting for their jobs and their pay.

Rail workers are NOT overpaid. We’re asking for a fair wage and job security for skilled jobs across our railways. It’s our railway and it’s our futures we’re fighting for.

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First time pickets

Hear from members taking strike action and going on a picket line for their first time on 18 August 2022

Dawn on picket line holding TSSA flag

Dawn, Derby

I am 100% behind our union. It isn't just about pay, it's a fight for my rights of contract and job. Regarding terms and conditions, I don't want them smashed away. We don't want to lose our jobs.

Lynsey on York picket line with placard

Lynsey, York

This dispute isn’t just about pay. I'm standing up for our T&Cs. I’ve gone on strike because I feel strongly about protecting our jobs and jobs for future generations. I’m also concerned about safety.

Danny Murphy on picket holding TSSA sign


I'm just fighting for my conditions & pay. The cost of living crisis is affecting so many people, I want to protect my T&Cs. It's my first time on a picket, but I feel it's justified, for us & others.

Photo of Louise holding a sign saying 'fair pay'


After waiting 3 years, we deserve a good pay rise. We make a massive effort to meet customers' needs, give the best rail fare and assistance required. I don't want to be treated just like a number.

Tim in orange high vis jacket holding a flag


In 2-3 years the minimum wage will have caught up to us. We deal with everyone's safety, deal with cash, have that responsibility. Everyone deserves a decent wage.

A red background with white text in the middle third. Text reads Our Rail Our Future. On either side are columns of small multi-cultural cartoon people in various train company and Network Rail uniforms.

Our Rail Our Future

Our dispute with Network Rail and all DfT train operating companies over pay, job security and terms and conditions is settled. Find out more about our campaign.

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