19 July 2023
RMT Press Office
RMT members working on every grade of the train operating companies will take strike action on Thursday 20 July in the national dispute over working conditions, pay and job security.
The strike comes as rail bosses announced over 2000 job cuts and the closure of 1000 ticket offices across the network.
Ticket office closures under Schedule 17 means there will be no regulations on staffing levels at stations whatsoever.
This means companies will be unhindered legislation to de-staff stations across the country, affecting dispatch and non-ticket office staffing grades.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "I am proud of our members for showing such fortitude and resolve in this long running dispute.
"Our national dispute is about pay job security and working conditions. The recent attack on ticket offices and the threat to de-staff our railways, has galvanised a huge groundswell of public support which we are grateful for.
"Our members and our union will not be cowed by rail bosses or government ministers and our dispute will continue until we can reach a negotiated settlement.
"We remain steadfast in our industrial programme and are available for talks 24/7 with train operating companies."
Further strike action is planned for 22 and 29 July.
The 14 train operating companies are as follows:
Cross Country Trains
East Midlands Railway,
South Western Railway
Avanti West Coast,
West Midlands Trains
GTR (including Gatwick Express