More than 20,000 rail workers in England have begun a 24-hour strike that will cancel half of the services on affected lines as part of a long-running dispute with train operators over jobs, pay and conditions, Report informs referring to The Guardian.

The stoppage by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) – the second of three by rail unions to hit the network this week – will affect most operators in England and some cross-border services into Scotland and Wales.

Then on June 3 more than 12,000 members of Aslef, the train drivers’ union, who went on strike on May 31, will carry out another day of industrial action that will leave only 40% of services running.

The wave of rail disruption coincides with half-term holidays for most schools in England and Wales, and will cause difficulties for people travelling to events in London this weekend.