Train drivers will strike next month as industrial action causes travel chaos.


Rain drivers from nine rail companies are to go on a one-day strike next month in a dispute that is causing travel chaos across the country.

Aslef announced that its members would walk out on Saturday 13 August, saying the firms had failed to offer pay to help members keep pace with rising costs of living.

Drivers are already set to strike at seven companies this Saturday and Aslef members of two more train operators voted overwhelmingly for industrial action on Wednesday.

The announcement came after strikes by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union and the Transport Salaried Staff Association hit services on Wednesday, with only one in five trains running and in some areas none at all. Is.

Asliffe general secretary Mick Whelan said: “Strikes are always a last resort.

“We don’t want to inconvenience passengers – our friends and family also use public transport – and we don’t want to lose money by going on strike but we have been forced into this position by the companies, who say they are under the government. Driven for it by.

“Many of our members, the men and women who moved critical workers and supplies across the country during the pandemic, have not received a pay raise since 2019.

“Inflation running north of 10% means these drivers have had a real-terms pay cut over the past three years.

“We want cost-of-living increases — we want to be able to buy in 2022, what we can buy in 2021.

“It’s not unreasonable to ask your employer to make sure you’re not worse off for three years in a row. Especially as the train companies are doing so well, thank you, out of Britain’s railways – handsome profits, share.” With profits for holders, and big salaries for managers – and train drivers don’t want to do more for less.

Wage growth is not fueling inflation. There is excessive profiteering, but the government is not asking companies to cut profits or dividend payments to help manage inflation. Wages are chasing prices, not driving them.

“We don’t see why we should give up salary increases to keep pace with inflation and help privatized train companies make even more profits to send overseas.”

Fabian Ward said he was unaware of the rail strike when he arrived at Birmingham New Street station (Richard Vernals/PA) / PA Wire

Avanti West Coast and Cross Country drivers voted overwhelmingly 9-1 to go on strike, it was announced Wednesday.

They will strike on August 13 along with drivers from Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, South Eastern and West Midlands trains.

Unions and Transport Secretary Grant Shoppes have been at loggerheads as they set out plans to halt industrial action, including banning organized industrial action, limiting sit-ins and a cooling-off period after strikes.

He told The Daily Telegraph: “I am looking at banning strikes by different unions in the same workplace within a fixed period. We should also have a definite limit of six pickets at points of critical national infrastructure. Regardless of the number of unions involved, and illegal threatening language.

An RMT picket line (RMT/PA) outside London Waterloo station. / PA Media

Ballot papers should also clearly state the specific cause of industrial action and the form of action to be taken. Also, before strike dates are announced, employers should have the right to respond to an issue listed on the ballot paper.

United general secretary Sharon Graham said: “We’d all still be in the workhouse if Grant-Shapes had his way.”

Unison general secretary Christina McEnea said: “The government wants to turn back the clock to the Victorian era when children were sent down chimneys and working people were ruthlessly exploited.”

A spokesman for the rail delivery group said: “The action announced by Aself’s leadership is a cynical approach to communication, a complete disregard for passengers and putting everyone’s summer plans at risk. The action will take the total number of strike days on the railways to 10, disrupting plans for June, July and August.

“Like any public service we have to change with the times, and it is only by making the necessary reforms that we can increase the salaries of our people.

“Now is not the time for more strikes, so we urge Aslef leadership to resume negotiations to reach an agreement that is fair to staff and taxpayers, and that is a better, safer and more affordable Make the railways safe.”