More train strikes have been announced over the festive period and many are wondering if there is industrial action on December 3 and 4.

December is the busiest time of the year for most of us, with Christmas parties and events taking place across the nation.

Many rely on England’s rail routes to see family and friends around Christmas time, so the new train strikes will cause chaos for Brits.

Strikes have been going on since June 2022 and it’s now impossible to plan anything without checking whether the trains are running first.

Are there strikes next weekend on December 3 and 4? Read on to find out whether your Christmas plans are safe or not…

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Are there train strikes on December 3rd and 4th?

No. Thankfully, there are no rail strikes planned for Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4.

So, you will be able to do all your planned Christmas activities that weekend without any disruption.

However, there are more strikes planned in December and January. See all the strike dates below.

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All the train strike dates in December and January

There might not be any strikes next weekend, but there are closer to Christmas. Rail workers will be walking out in a series of four 48-hour strikes across the next two months.

The RMT has revealed that 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

Right now, a list of train lines that will be affected has not been revealed, but Network Rail is telling passengers to expect “significant disruption” on these dates and the following day.

“The rail industry is working hard to minimise the effect that this will have on services but it is inevitable that services will be cancelled or severely disrupted,” they also said.

“It is likely that there will be a very limited service on these days with no trains at all on some routes.”

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Why are rail workers striking?

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (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”.

Staff are striking over pay, job cuts, working conditions and pension changes, and the strikes are continuing as the RMT hasn’t agreed on a deal with industry bosses and Network Rail.

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. 

National Rail’s Strikes page is always updated when more industrial action is called for rail workers.