Londoners brace for more travel chaos as a new round of tram strikes has been announced.
South London tram drivers will be phased out for two days next week, affecting lines in Bromley, Croydon and Merton.
But when are the strikes supposed to take place and why are the drivers going out?
Here’s everything you need to know.
When are the Croydon tram strikes?
If the strike continues, tram services will be severely impacted throughout the day Monday, October 10 and Tuesday, October 11.
You should use those TfL Go App and Trip Planner to find alternative routes and get the latest updates.
Union members already went on strike for two days in June and July.
Another strike was planned for September but was called off after workers received a salary offer from First Group’s Tram Operations, which runs the system on behalf of Transport for London.
Which routes are affected?
A number of routes in south London will be affected.
All routes affected by the strikes
On Monday 10th October and Tuesday 11th October you can expect the following:
East Croydon to Wimbledon
- Limited Service
- The trams will be busier than usual
- Finish your trip by 8:30 PM
- No trams after 9pm
East Croydon to New Addington
- The first two services run every day
- No other services are running
East Croydon to Beckenham Junction and to Elmers End
For more information on the Croydon tram strike, visit the TfL website.
Why are tram drivers on strike?
Tram drivers go beyond London Tramlink’s latest paid offering.
Members of the Aslef union have rejected a 4.75 per cent salary offer from their employer, which they described as an “actual pay cut” due to inflation.
UK inflation hit a record high earlier this summer, with the cost of living rising by almost 10%.
Aslef district organizer Finn Brennan said: “Management’s offer of 4.75 per cent is well below the current rate of inflation and would mean our members face real pay cuts while their bills skyrocket.
“What is particularly annoying, however, is that managers at Tramlink were offered an additional 4.5 per cent pay rise retroactive to November 2021, while driver pay has been frozen since 2020.
“This has rightly infuriated our members. This week there is an opportunity for management to return to the table with a fair offer if they want to avoid further strikes.’
Another Aslef strike will affect services on the London Overground this week no operation today (October 5th) and limited operation expected on Saturday October 7th.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/10/05/when-are-the-croydon-tram-strikes-dates-for-october-2022-industrial-action-17506887/ When are the Croydon tram strikes? Dates for labor disputes in October 2022