Strike action by members of unions Aslef and RMT means there will be no trains running on Southeastern routes tomorrow (September 1) and a limited service on September 2.
There will be no replacement buses. For alternative transport options visit traveline.
ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, will hold its one day strike on Friday 1 September and an overtime ban across the UK rail network on Saturday 2 September.
RMT members strike on September 2.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “The mood among our members remains solid and determined in our national dispute over pay, job security and working conditions.
“We have had to call further strike action as we have received no improved or revised offer from the Rail Delivery Group.
“The reason for this is the government has not allowed them a fresh mandate on which discussions could be held.
“Our members and our union will continue fighting until we can reach a negotiated and just settlement.”
⚠️Due to Strike action by the RMT and ASLEF Unions:
❌ Friday 1 September – NO Southeastern, Thameslink or Southern trains from our stations.
⬇️ 2 September – limited service and some routes will be closed.
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Mick Whelan, ASLEF’s general secretary, said: ‘We don’t want to take this action but the train companies, and the government which stands behind them, have forced us into this place because they refuse to sit down and talk to us and have not made a fair and sensible pay offer to train drivers who have not had one for four years – since 2019 – while prices have soared in that time by more than 12%.
“The government appears happy to let passengers – and businesses – suffer in the mistaken belief that they can bully us into submission. They don’t care about passengers – or Britain’s railway – but they will not break us.”
Find service availability and updates at https://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/travel-information/live-travel-information/industrial-action