More train strikes have been announced over the festive period and Brits are enraged as their December 17 Christmas plans could be ruined.

The most recent round of industrial action was suspended in early November, sparking hope that the disputes were solved and no more strikes would be necessary. 

However, after calling off the November 5, 7 and 9 strikes, more industrial action has now been announced by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).

One of the days workers are striking is Saturday, December 17, which has infuriated travellers and sparked Christmas plan chaos…

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Train strikes called in December and January

Rail workers will be walking out in a series of 48-hour strikes across December and January after industry bosses failed to offer any new deals.

Over 40,000 workers from 14 Train Operating Companies will take strike action on the following dates:

  • December 13 and 14
  • December 16 and 17
  • January 3 and 4
  • January 6 and 7

There will also be an overtime ban on the railways from December 18 to January 2, meaning RMT workers are unable to work any extra hours.

The RMT said the new round of strikes has been announced as “Network Rail have failed to make an improved offer on jobs, pay and conditions”.

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December 17 strike set to cause Christmas chaos

All of the new industrial action is on inconvenient dates across the festive period, which is the busiest time of year for most of us and a hectic time for travel.

People are infuriated over the strike on December 17, which is the Saturday before Christmas and a popular day for Christmas parties, events and travelling home.

One angry person wrote: “#gettinghomeforchristmas thank you trains for going on strike Saturday 17th of December….the busiest day of transportation of students across the entire UK.”

“And my day gets worse as the planned family trip to @Ascot for their Christmas meeting on the 17th December has been stopped because of more selfish train strikes,” said another.

A third person added: “Me and the Mrs have a whole day out up London planned on the 17th December I’m hoping these strikes don’t ruin our travel plans.”

“Totally screwed up my holiday to Austria as I needed a train from Scotland to Gatwick on 12th and from Gatwick back to Scotland on 17th,” someone else tweeted.

Right now, the RMT hasn’t revealed exactly which train companies will be striking and whether any services will be operating.

However, it’s best to visit your train company’s website over the coming weeks for the latest information and timetables.

What RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said

The union’s general secretary Mick Lynch said the new round of strikes will “show how important” rail workers are to the “running of this country”.

He added that this will “send a clear message that we want a good deal on job security, pay and conditions for our people.” 

“We have been reasonable, but it is impossible to find a negotiated settlement when the dead hand of government is presiding over these talks,” he continued.

The trade unionist went on to describe the whole thing as a “farce” that only the new Secretary of State can resolve before apologising to the public.

“We are sorry to inconvenience you,” he said. “But we urge you to direct your anger and frustration at the government and railway employers during this latest phase of action.”

“Working people across our class need a pay rise and we are determined to win that for our members in RMT.”

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