Strike action on the Elizabeth Line announced

23 December 2022

Prospect members working at Rail for London Infrastructure (RfLI) which operates the Elizabeth Line are to take strike action over pay, from 0630 on 12th January until 0630 on 13th January.

Picture is of an Elizabeth line train in a station

Prospect members work in safety and maintenance on the line and will be taking action alongside colleagues in the TSSA who work mainly in signalling. It is likely that strike action will cause significant disruption to the line, and potentially the cancellation of all services.

Prospect has also notified the employer that it will be commencing action short of a strike after strike action ends on 13th January. This will include an overtime ban, work to rule, and withdrawal of good will. Action short of a strike will lead to reduced inspection of track and equipment which could reduce services.

More detail on the formal ballot and the reason for the strike action can be read here.

Mike Clancy, General Secretary of Prospect, said:

“Our members have worked incredibly hard to get the Elizabeth Line ready to go safely into operation yet are being treated significantly worse than equivalent workers on the rest of London’s network. They have been left with no option but to take this action.

“We remain open to negotiation and it is our hope that RfLI will come back to the table with an offer sufficient to avert industrial action. The Elizabeth Line is bringing in substantial revenue so there is no reason why there can’t be some movement on pay.”


Prospect has members working in aviation, road, rail and maritime transportation, as well as regulation and research.