In a long-running salary dispute, train drivers and railroad employees will stage their greatest walkout to yet.

Aslef and RMT union members will strike on October 1 in an effort to “effectively stop” the train network, according to union leaders.

On Saturday, just 10% of services are anticipated to run, and travel to and from the Tory Party conference as well as the London Marathon may be impacted.

Following that, on October 5, train drivers will take a second day of strike action.

The union representing train workers, Aslef, has declared that between October 1 and 5, drivers at 12 different railway companies will strike.

The RMT, which represents rail employees including guards and signalers, has announced that it has informed 14 train companies as well as Network Rail, the organisation responsible for maintaining the nation’s railroads, that 9,000 of its members would go on strike on October 1.

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The London Marathon “thousands” of runners might have their travel plans messed up, according to the industry group representing rail operators, the Rail Delivery Group.

Although the race is scheduled for October 2—a day that is not a strike day—services may be affected if there is industrial action since trains may not be in the proper places.

It’s possible that many participants will travel before the event.

According to the Rail Delivery Group, “These strikes will again cause significant disruptions to the very passengers the sector needs to assist its recovery from the pandemic’s lingering effects.”

Service cancellations and disruptions are also anticipated for the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, which runs from October 2 to October 5.

As unions fight for salary rises in accordance with the growing cost of living, the most recent strike action follows a string of widespread walkouts in recent months.

While the government and rail executives claim reforms are required to “modernise” the railway, put a stop to some working methods, and save money, the executives claim they want to increase worker compensation.

The RMT stated that the lack of “new offers from the rail sector to assist come to a negotiated settlement” was the reason for its decision to stage more strikes.