Fair Pay: Stand with Train Drivers

Train Drivers deserve fair pay that keeps up with the cost of living

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Most train drivers haven't had a pay increase since 2019.

When inflation goes up and pay doesn't, that's a real-terms pay cut.

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Train drivers agree that every working person should be paid fairly and that pay should be increased to keep pace with inflation - many public sector workers deserve far more than their long-frozen pay amounts to.

Senior managers in our industry take home huge salaries; rail operators have paid dividends to their shareholders right through the pandemic, and the rolling stock companies (who own the trains and lease them back out) have made billions. The claim that there's no money left to pay rail workers properly is just not true.

During the pandemic, train drivers went out to work to keep the country moving. Rail helped other key workers get to work, and kept goods like food and medicines moving around the country.

Industrial Action

We have been negotiating with employers - the train operating companies - for many months on pay. On several companies we have managed to come to an agreement, and on several others, multi-year deals have been honoured.

Unfortunately a number of companies still have their hands tied by the Department for Transport and aren't able to negotiate a reasonable deal with ASLEF members. We are still prepared to negotiate in good faith but, unfortunately, as we have been unable to come to an agreement, we have had to consider industrial action.

Train drivers at companies LNER, London Overground, Great Western, West Midlands Railways and Southeastern were balloted and results of the vote came in on Monday 11th July. An overwhelming majority of drivers voted for strike action. Drivers at Croydon Tramlink, Hull Trains and Greater Anglia voted for strike action in an earlier ballot.

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Strike Date Saturday 13th August

Drivers at Avanti West Coast, Avanti West Coast, Cross Country, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railways, Hull, LNER, London Overground, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains will strike on Saturday 13th August

Click here for details of picket lines.

Strike Date Saturday 30th July

Drivers at LNER, London Overground, Great Western, West Midlands Railways, Hull Trains, Greater Anglia and Southeastern will strike on Saturday 30th July.

Click here to read the announcement.

Click here for details of picket lines.

Stand with Train Drivers

If you agree with us, that real-terms pay cuts are not fair when management and industry shareholders continue to rake in huge salaries and profits, sign up here to show your solidarity and get updates on ASLEF's campaigns:

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Industry Facts and Stats

  • Before the pandemic, operators were paying out dividends of £262 million to shareholders. Even in the year of the pandemic they paid out £38 million. As passenger numbers go back up, so will the bumper payouts.
  • Between March 2020 and March 2021 operators were paid management fees of over £132 million.
  • Rolling stock companies (ROSCOs), which own the trains - often commissioned and developed with public money - and lease them back to the operators, received £3 billion in 2020-21. This is a 5% increase from 2019-20, and double what they made in 2015-16.
  • ROSCOs have made huge profits. This has particularly been the case during the pandemic, when profits were guaranteed by the taxpayer. In 2020, the ROSCO Eversholt paid a £46.5 million dividend. Porterbrook paid out £80 million in dividends. ROSCOs invest very little money into the industry but reap huge profits out of it.
  • 9 of the top 10 highest earning public sector individuals (senior civil servants and officials in departments, agencies and non-departmental bodies) are from the transport industry. 8 out of 10 are from rail. Top of the list if Mark Thurston, Chief Executive of HS2, who earns £620,000. Next is Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of Network Rail, who is on £585,000.