Train drivers on strike again

Train drivers on strike again
Train drivers on strike again

Train drivers in the United Kingdom begin a new round of industrial action on Monday, part of a long-running dispute over pay and working conditions.

Aslef union drivers will strike for 24 hours at each of England’s national rail operators over a three-day period from Tuesday to Thursday, while a ban on overtime will apply across the board. country from Monday to Saturday. Most operators will not run trains on strike days, affecting some cross-border services to Wales and Scotland.

The ban on overtime will also disrupt some operators who rely on volunteer teams to provide their services. The union said it would continue to strike for a better pay offer, with some of its members having gone five years without a pay increase and the last talks breaking down a year ago.

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“We don’t want to get to that point (…), but if we don’t, no one will come and discuss with us. We therefore find ourselves in a situation where the only way to make our voice heard is to act“, indicated the general secretary of Aslef, Mick Whelan. A spokesperson for the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), representing rail operators, said it had “ wrote to the management of Aslef to try to find common ground that would allow us to move on to formal negotiations“.

At the start of 2023, the drivers’ union rejected a two-year agreement, which provided for an annual increase of 4%, but which was accompanied by changes to working conditions. The rest of the rail staff, represented by the RMT union, accepted the offer from 14 operators last November, which included a retroactive 5% pay rise for 2022-23 as well as job security guarantees.

With MAP

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