Some 40,000 staff will go on strike in the eighth day of major industrial actionTrains will start later and finish earlier, causing misery for weekend travellersThe weekend strike is the latest chapter in the long-running dispute over payMajor disruption is expected with direct routes between London and EdinburghFootball fans hoping to see Chelsea, Man City and Spurs games will face misery

Rail passengers will face another weekend of travel chaos with thousands of train staff set to strike in a long-running row over pay.

More than 40,000 members from the militant RMT and TSSA unions are set to take industrial action on Saturday, meaning only one-in-five trains will be running nationwide.

And of those that are still running, passengers have been warned to expect severe disruption, with many operating a limited timetable between 7am and 6pm.

Among the 15 services affected are the London Overground, CrossCountry, C2C, South Western, Southeastern and East Midlands Railway.

For football fans, it will be another weekend of carnage, with the strike action set to blight journeys to five Premiership games, including clashes between Man City. Spurs and Chelsea

The strike action is the latest chapter of the long-winded dispute over pay and working conditions.

Rail strikes will cause chaos again TOMORROW: Network will grind to a halt over the weekend with just 1 in 5 usual services running as RMT members walk out in ongoing pay dispute

Members of the TSSA and RMT unions stand on one of the many picket lines around the UK on October 1. Unions have warned staff are ‘in it for the long haul’ and will strike again on Saturday

Rail strikes will cause chaos again TOMORROW: Network will grind to a halt over the weekend with just 1 in 5 usual services running as RMT members walk out in ongoing pay dispute

Striking workers and protesters gather outside a train station in Leeds amidst the ongoing dispute between unions and train bosses over pay on October 1

Rail strikes will cause chaos again TOMORROW: Network will grind to a halt over the weekend with just 1 in 5 usual services running as RMT members walk out in ongoing pay dispute

Signs detailing the strike action have been placed in stations across London for the past week

Workers represented by the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) from 15 train firms will be taking part in the eighth day of action.

They will be joined by members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) affecting ticket offices, control rooms and railway stations.

Trains will start late and finish early, with disruption expected to rollover into Sunday morning.

No direct trains are expected to run between London and Edinburgh, with passengers urged to go via Glasgow instead.

Direct routes between Norwich and London have also been cancelled. While there will be no services running with LNER north of Newcastle.

The industrial action will be the third day of large-scale rail disruption in just over a week.

Last Saturday saw cancellations nationwide, with only 11 per cent of the usual train service running.

Then on Wednesday, railway travel ground to a halt again, as a further strike brought chaos to commuters up and down the nation, with some railway firms running no rains at all, as drivers in the Aslef union took to picket lines.

Railway bosses have insisted the strikes are a necessary evil, as they battle for better pay for workers.

TSSA members are seeking a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies and a pay rise that meets the cost-of-living crisis.

General secretary Manuel Cortes said: ‘We saw only last weekend that our strike action was rock-solid across the country. Our brilliant members remain determined to see their demands met in the shape of a just settlement.’

‘We do not strike lightly but are prepared to dig in as we seek a fair deal on pay, job security and conditions in the face of cuts, economic collapse and a cost-of-living crisis at the hands of this chaotic Tory Government.

‘With more strikes and wider industrial action in the offing this week, it’s time for ministers to get wise and act now to deliver a fair deal which will halt a winter of rail misery across the network.’

Mick Lynch, general secretary of the RMT union, wrote to the new Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan at the weekend, urging her to take ‘urgent steps to allow a negotiated settlement that meets our members’ aspirations over jobs, pay and conditions.’

The union chief added: ‘Working people will not accept continued attacks on pay and working conditions at a time when big business profits are at an all-time high.’

Speaking during the last round of strike action on Wednesday, Ms Trevelyan insisted she wanted unions and train operators to ‘come together’ to find a solution that ‘we can all live with’.

She told the BBC: ‘Nothing is ever perfect, negotiations are compromises, but what we need is for our customers, our passengers to be at the centre of everyone’s decision making.’

Daniel Mann, director of industry operations at the Rail Delivery Group, said: ‘These strikes disrupt the travel plans of millions of passengers and undermine businesses who continue to struggle with rising costs and this continued action will only further damage the railway’s recovery.

‘While some rail companies are not involved in the strike, services are likely to be busy, severely disrupted or in some cases not running, so passengers should check the latest travel advice before setting off.’

But business leaders have lashed out at the industrial action, which they say is damaging the UK’s economy and threatening the nation’s hospitality industry.

Rail strikes will cause chaos again TOMORROW: Network will grind to a halt over the weekend with just 1 in 5 usual services running as RMT members walk out in ongoing pay dispute

Signs at a picket line in central London on Wednesday as around 50,000 rail workers walk out in a 24-hour strike



Rail strikes will cause chaos again TOMORROW: Network will grind to a halt over the weekend with just 1 in 5 usual services running as RMT members walk out in ongoing pay dispute

The strikes will cause chaos for rail passengers as services get back up and running after repeated walkouts

Rail strikes will cause chaos again TOMORROW: Network will grind to a halt over the weekend with just 1 in 5 usual services running as RMT members walk out in ongoing pay dispute

Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef said that his members were increasingly angry at the lack of progress in the dispute

‘Given Saturday is usually the busiest day of the week for most hospitality venues, another weekend rail strike will be a further blow to businesses in the sector which are already grappling with record staff shortages and facing a tsunami of rising costs,’ Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality told The Sun.

RMT members working as part of Network Rail’s signalling team across England, Wales and Scotland are among those taking industrial action.

The move is why so much chaos has been caused. It means train operators cannot run all their services, even if they had the staff.

Tim Shoveller, Network Rail’s chief negotiator, said: ‘Despite our best efforts to compromise and find a breakthrough in talks, rail unions remain intent on continuing and coordinating their strike action.

‘This means railway staff forgo even more of their pay unnecessarily, passengers’ lives are disrupted once again and the railway’s recovery from the pandemic is further damaged.’

Engineering work means Saturday, services will be more limited in some areas than on previous RMT strike days, with South Western Railway running no trains south of Basingstoke in Hampshire.

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