ASLEF Announces Another Day of Strike Action
Train drivers who are members of ASLEF – the train drivers’ union – will walk out at 12 train operating companies on Saturday 26 November in a dispute over pay.
ASLEF negotiators have been engaged in talks with the industry but there has, so far, been no offer on pay.
Mick Whelan, general secretary, commented:
“We regret that passengers will be inconvenienced for another day. We don’t want to be taking this action. Withdrawing our labour is always a last resort for a trade union.
“We have come to the table, as we always will, in good faith but while the industry continues to make no offer – due to the dodgy deal they signed with the DfT – we have no choice but to take strike action again.
“They want drivers to take a real terms pay cut. With inflation now well into double figures, train drivers who kept Britain moving through the pandemic are now being expected to work just as hard this year as last year but for less. Most of these drivers have not had an increase in salary since 2019.
“We want the companies – which are making huge profits – to make a proper pay offer so that our members can keep up with the cost of living.”
ASLEF members at 12 companies – Avanti West Coast; Chiltern Railways; CrossCountry; East Midlands Railway; Great Western Railway; Greater Anglia; London North Eastern Railway; London Overground; Northern Trains; Southeastern; Transpennine Express, and West Midlands Trains - will strike on 26 November.
We have already walked out for 24 hours on Saturday 30 July; Saturday 13 August; Saturday 1 October, and Wednesday 5 October at those companies which have, so far, refused to do the right thing.
This year we have successfully concluded pay deals with fourteen companies: Colas Infrastructure Monitoring; DB Cargo; Direct Rail Services; Eurostar; Freightliner Heavy Haul; Freightliner Intermodal; GB Railfreight; Grand Central; Merseyrail; MTR Elizabeth line; Nexus; PRE Metro Operations; ScotRail, and Transport for Wales. We have put an offer from the company to our members from Hull Trains and First Tram Operations.