New strike dates: 1st and 5th October
Train drivers will walk out for two further days of strike action - Saturday 1st and Wednesday 5th October - in an ongoing dispute over pay.
Drivers previously took strike action on 30th July and 13th August but their employers are still failing to come to the table with any improved offer.
Mick Whelan, General Secretary, has commented to the media this morning, saying "We would much rather not be in this position. We don’t want to go on strike – withdrawing our labour, although a fundamental human right, is always a last resort for this trade union – but the train companies have been determined to force our hand."
Drivers will be on strike at 12 companies on the 1st October:
- Avanti West Coast
- Chiltern Railways
- Greater Anglia
- Great Western Railway
- Hull Trains
- London Overground
- Northern Trains
- TransPennine Express
- West Midlands Trains
On Wednesday 5th October, drivers at East Midlands Railway will also be on strike.
Why Strike Action?
Train drivers who kept the country moving through the pandemic have not had a pay increase since 2019. We are asking for pay which keeps pace with the cost of living.
ASLEF reps have consistently come to the table to negotiate in good faith but employers are unable make a realistic pay offer due to restrictions in contracts they signed with the Department for Transport.
Inflation is now running at about 12% so without any increase, drivers are being asked to take a real terms pay cut, while the companies expect us to work just as hard and for just as long.
Find out more about the action and our campaign here.
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