TSSA says strikes 'rock solid' in biggest national rail dispute walk-out

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TSSA says strikes 'rock solid' in biggest national rail dispute walk-out  

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes, has said rock solid action across the network from the union in today’s national strike shows members remain determined to get a just deal. 

More than 50,000 rail workers are on strike around the country in an ongoing dispute over pay, job security and terms and conditions. 

TSSA members are on strike at a number of train operating companies as well as Network Rail (see notes). 

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, commented: “Our strike today is rock solid. Members are showing their employers and the government that they are utterly determined to reach a just negotiated settlement to end this dispute. 

“I'm meeting the new Transport Secretary after the Tory Party conference and, if Liz Truss is still in power by then, I'm hoping that following this meeting the impasse we currently face can be broken. 

“We have had no talks to resolve this dispute with DfT train operators since the start of the summer. In the meantime, we will continue to defend pay, jobs and conditions for our members.” 

TSSA members are taking strike action on 1 October in the following train operators: 

 • Avanti West Coast 
• East Midlands Railway 
• Network Rail (General Grades 5-8 and controllers) 
• SouthEastern Railway 
• South Western Railway 
• TransPennine Express 
• West Midlands Trains 

Members are instructed not to commence work between 00:01 on Saturday 1st October 2022 to 23:59 on Saturday 1st October 2022 
TSSA members are taking action short of a strike on 1 October in the following train operators: 

 • CrossCountry   

• Northern 

• Great Western Railway 

TSSA is demanding guarantees of no compulsory redundancies, a pay rise which meets the cost-of-living crisis and no unagreed changes to terms and conditions. 

Our Rail Our Future:Frequently Asked Questions

Industrial action happens when trade union members are in a dispute with their employers that can't be solved through negotiations. A trade union can only call for industrial action if a majority of its members involved support it in a properly organised postal vote - called a 'ballot’. The members then use the ballot to vote in favour of ‘strike action’ and ‘action short of strike action’