MEMBERS VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY FOR MORE STRIKES

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Members of ASLEF, the train drivers’ trade union, have voted overwhelmingly to continue strike action in their ongoing national dispute over pay.

Mick Whelan, ASLEF’s general secretary, said: ‘We are in this for the long haul. Our members – who have not had a pay rise for nearly five years now – are determined that the train companies – and the Tory government that stands behind them – do the right thing.

‘The cost of living has soared since the spring and summer of 2019, when these pay deals ran out. The bosses at the train companies – as well as Tory MPs and government ministers – have had increases in pay. It’s unrealistic – and unfair – to expect our members to work just as hard for what, in real terms, is considerably less.

‘Train drivers are fed up and frustrated that their employers failed to negotiate in good faith, making a proposal through the Rail Delivery Group which they knew – because we had told them – would be turned down and then to blame drivers for the train companies’ inability to manage services and the rail industry effectively. ASLEF members, key workers who kept our country moving through the pandemic, are simply asking for a fair and decent deal.’

We haven’t had a meeting with Mark Harper, the Transport Secretary, since December 2022. We haven’t had a meeting with Huw Merriman, the Rail Minister, since January. And we haven’t heard from the employers, the private sector train operating companies for whom we work, since April.

Mick added: ‘We have always said that we are prepared to come to the table but the government and train companies need to understand that this dispute won’t be resolved by trying to bully our members into accepting worse terms and conditions of employment.

‘Looking at the resolve of our members as shown by all the branch meetings I have attended and these new ballot results – and the solidarity they have shown on the picket line since the first ballots went out in June 2022 – we are calling on the government to let the companies come back to the table and make our members a sensible offer, with no strings attached, to reflect the increase in the cost of living.’

Under the Tories’ anti-union legislation, a mandate for industrial action only lasts six months. That’s why we have had to reballot. Here are the results:

Avanti West Coast

Yes to strike action: 94.4%

Turnout: 82.9%

Yes to action short of a strike: 96.3 %

CrossCountry

Yes to strike action: 92.9%

Turnout: 84.1%

Yes to action short of a strike: 96.5%

Greater Anglia

Yes to strike action: 94.3%

Turnout: 79.6%

Yes to action short of a strike: 97.3%

GWR

Yes to strike action: 88.4%

Turnout: 79.7%

Yes to action short of a strike: 95.97%

GTR Southern/Gatwick Express

Yes to strike action: 86.5%

Turnout: 75.0%

Yes to action short of a strike: 93.9%

Great Northern Thameslink

Yes to strike action: 89.7%

Turnout: 76.3%

Yes to action short of a strike: 96.0%

LNER

Yes to strike action: 95.9%

Turnout: 80.8%

Yes to action short of a strike: 97.97%

Southeastern

Yes to strike action: 90.2%

Turnout: 75.6%

Yes to action short of a strike: 92.9%

SWR Island Line

Yes to strike action: 100.0%

Turnout: 100.0%

Yes to action short of a strike: 100.0%

SWR main line 

Yes to strike action: 91.2%

Turnout: 78.1%

Yes to action short of a strike: 96.3%

SWR depot drivers

Yes to strike action: 94.4%

Turnout: 63.2%

Yes to action short of a strike: 97.2%

West Midlands Trains

Yes to strike action: 93.2%

Turnout: 81.5%

Yes to action short of a strike: 97.3 %

 

For more information please contact:

Keith Richmond

Media & Communications

ASLEF

Tel: 020 7324 2407

Mob: 07977 498794

email: richmondk@aslef.org.uk